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Parish and town council resources

Parish liaison

We are the first point of contact for parish queries. We can pursue queries with SLDC officers or departments on behalf of parish councillors. 

Community planning

We support and provide information to communities who wish to undertake or prepare:

Community rights

Information on community rights

Community grants

Information on internal and external community grants

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

Developers pay a levy on local development, parish councils receive at least 15% of all receipts collected. This money can be used to deliver infrastructure such as paths, benches and parks.

For more information please contact:

Local area partnerships (LAPs)

A LAP is made up of representatives from parish councils, district councillors and county councillors.

LAPs are based on groups or clusters of parishes which agree to work together on local interests, issues, and services. They can provide agencies with the feedback and wisdom of local people to help improve their local area. 

For more information please contact:

Useful contacts for parish and town councils

These partner organisations can help with a lot of the common issues you may come across.

Cumbria County Council highways team

Responsible for all of the roads in the county excluding the M6 and A590.

Information, and report problems, on issues including potholes, street lights and grass cutting. Cumbria County Council highways

Highways England

Responsible for motorways and major A roads such as the M6 and A590. Highways England

Environment Agency

Operate flood warnings and provide rural grants, environmental permits and planning and other services. Environment Agency

Action with Communities in Cumbria (ACT)

Offer support for community led planning, resources for development and facilitate community conversations. Action with Communities in Cumbria

Cumbria Association of Local Councils (CALC)

Offers training and advice to parish and town councils. Cumbria Association of Local Councils 

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