For details please contact the Clerk
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.
Members of the press and public are always welcome to attend meetings.
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.
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.
- 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.
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:
- burial grounds
- car parks
- community transport schemes
- bus shelters
- 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
- 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:
- Clerk, Lisa Beken 07522 939696 email@example.com
Councillors and contact details (2020)
- Bev Pink, Vice Chair 01768 898802 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Claire Lumley, 07966 006921 / 01768 870913 email@example.com
- Tim Holliday 01768 870641 / 07894 559729 Tim.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Gary Kelso 07878 952487 / 01768 898188/ email@example.com
- Jo Thompson 01768 881205 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Emma Anderson email@example.com
- Nora Tweedie firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rachel Eather email@example.com
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
- Eden District Councillor, Gordon Nicholson 01768 898387 firstname.lastname@example.org
- County Councillor, Hilary Carrick 01768 898147 email@example.com
- MP for Penrith and the Borders, Dr Neil Hudson 0207 219 3000 firstname.lastname@example.org,
- Police non emergency number 101
- Community dog warden 01768 817817
- EDC Refuse collection 01768 817817
- Recycling and council refuse centre Flusco 01768 817817
- Faulty street lights 01768 817817
- Highways hot line 0845 609 6609 Online portal
- United utilities water 0845 746 2200
- EDC planning department 01768 817817 Email: email@example.com
- Cumbria County Council 01228 606060 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org