Great Salkeld Parish Council

For details please contact the Clerk

Mrs Lisa Beken
2 Folly Brow
Tel: 07522 939 696


There is currently a Government Consultation on Local Government Reorganisation in Cumbria. This is to establish a unitary system of local government, either through one large Unitary authority, or two smaller ones, covering the whole of Cumbria, which will replace the current District and County Councils. These changes will impact the way local services are delivered. For more information and to have your say please visit the consultation website – Local Government Reorganisation in Cumbria


Date of next meeting: May 4th, 2021, 7.30pm.

Annual Parish Council Meeting Agenda May 2021

Members of the press and public are always welcome to attend meetings.

Otteriggs Field

Following a survey of residents between November 2020 and January 2021, the Parish Council have agreed to investigate possible future options for Otteriggs Field. A copy of the survey results can be found below.

Otteriggs Survey Results (Published) – February 2021

An Advisory Committee, of residents and Parish Councillors, has been established to discuss the future  of the field. The first meeting washeld on Wednesday 24th March, at 7pm, via Zoom. A copy of the minutes are available below.

Great Salkeld Parish Council Otteriggs Minutes March 2021 (unconfirmed)

Great Salkeld Parish Council Otteriggs Advisory Committee Terms of Reference


Grass verges

Roadside Verges are a valuable resource for wildlife and biodiversity.
Cumbria County Council has published a leaflet explaining the ways is which we can all help preserve these wild spaces.
How can you help to conserve Cumbria’s roadside verges?
  • Avoid driving on verges. This kills plants and damages the soil structure.
  • Take an interest in your local verges, and talk to others about what you see.
  • If you see someone damaging a verge near you and feel confident in approaching who is responsible, then have a word with him or her.
  • If you don’t know who is damaging a verge, or don’t feel confident in approaching someone whom you know is responsible, then consider contacting one of the organisations listed overleaf.
  • If you have a verge by your property, don’t waste time and energy turning it into a lawn. Just enjoy what grows on the verge if you don’t cut it regularly. The verge should be cut later in the year when wild flowers have seeded.
  • Although it might seem like a public spirited thing to do, please don’t plant bulbs or other cultivated plants on roadside verges. Save them for your garden.
For more information, please see Cumbria County Council’s leaflet – Cumbria County Council Grass Verges

What is a Parish or Town Council?

There are over 8,700 parish and town councils representing around 16 million people across England. They form the most local level of government and cover many rural and urban areas.

What services can it provide?

A parish or town council has an overall responsibility for the well-being of its local community. Its work falls into three main categories:

  • Representing the local community
  • Delivering services to meet local needs
  • Striving to improve quality of life in the parish
  • A Parish Council might provide and/or maintain some of the following services:
    • allotments
    • burial grounds
    • car parks
    • community transport schemes
    • footpaths
    • bridleways
    • bus shelters
    • commons
    • crime reduction measures
    • leisure facilities

It can also work with Eden District Council and Cumbria County Council for other services, for example:

  • litter bins
  • local youth projects
  • open spaces
  • public toilets
  • planning
  • street cleaning
  • street lighting
  • tourism activities
  • traffic calming measures
  • village greens

How does Great Salkeld Parish Council make decisions?

The Parish Council is made up of a number of councillors who meet regularly (Meeting dates) to make decisions on the work and direction of the council.  It is responsible to the people it represents – that’s the local community.

Attending a council meeting is the best way to find out what it does.

Where does the funding come from?

Each year the Parish Council asks for a sum of money, called a ‘precept’ which is collected through your council tax. It also receives money from Eden District Council. This money is used by the Parish Council to improve facilities and services for local people.Parish Councils can also apply for grants and loans when they become available.

What is the role of a Parish Councillor?

  • Attending meetings
  • Bringing parishioners concerns to the attention of the council
  • Representing the needs of the whole community

Could I be a Parish Councillor?

Parish Council elections take place every four years on the first Thursday in May. If a seat becomes vacant mid-term, the council may co-opt someone from a list of volunteers. As a councillor you can become a voice for your community. You need to be a ‘people person’ and have the best interests of the whole parish at heart. Councillors are community leaders and should represent the aspirations of the public that they serve. Great Salkeld Parish Council meet on the first Monday of every month at 7.30 pm, unless it is a Bank Holiday.

The amount of time commitment is usually less than a couple of hours a week. Obviously there are some councillors who spend more time than this – and some less, but in the main, being a Parish Councillor is an enjoyable way of contributing to your community and helping to make it a better place to live and work.

If you are interested in becoming a councillor and require more information, then please contact the Parish Clerk or any of the Parish Councillors.

Great Salkeld Parish Council meets on the first Monday of each month  at 7.30 pm in the village hall (if the first Monday falls on a bank holiday the meeting will be on the second Monday). The council does not meet during the months of January and August.

The first part of the meeting is an open meeting and any parishioner is welcome to attend to raise or discuss any local issues, subject to Chairman’s discretion.

Our local Eden District Councillor and County Councillor attend the Parish council meetings on a regular basis

Meeting agenda and minutes are available on the web site and on the main parish notice board, in the centre of the village , opposite mid town farm. A precis of the minutes is also circulated in connect magazine

List of contacts:

Councillors and contact details  (2020)

Sub Committee/ areas of interest

  • Finance;  Clerk
  • Parish council communication;  Clerk
  • Events; Cllr Thompson
  • Community oil buying group; Clerk
  • Village Hall Trustees; all
  • Village Field Trustees; all, Cllr Thompson

Other useful contact details

Contact details for village groups and organisations can be found on the Useful Contacts page.