South Lakeland District Council

There has been a boundary change in South Lakeland. Although there are no more or less seats, these ones have never been contested before.

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Election 2018 Results

Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change

PartyLiberal Democrat

Elected in 2018 29 Total councillors 29 Change-3


Elected in 2018 19 Total councillors 19 Change+2


Elected in 2018 3 Total councillors 3 Change+1
Councillors change compared with 2016

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Councillors block South Cumbria power station scheme

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Ellis Butcher

Councillors in Kendal have refused planning permission for a gas-fired power station near the village of Old Hutton in south Cumbria.

The developers, Statera Energy, had argued that being close to major gas mains and a large electricity sub-station, it was the perfect site, and officials recommended approval, saying the scheme had met the reasons that had previously led to permission being refused.

old Hutton lobby

But around 20 residents argued that the rural area was not the right place to build such a development.

With the South Lakeland planning committee tied at five votes each way and one abstention, the chairman Mike Sweeney gave his casting vote against.

It's not yet known whether Statera Energy will appeal against the decision.

Objectors line up to speak against power station plan

A meeting that will decide whether or not to allow a gas-fired power station to be built near a Cumbrian village is expected to hear from about 30 objectors in Kendal Town Hall this morning.

Kendal town Hall

South Lakeland Council's planning committee is expected to hear objections to the planned scheme at Old Hutton, from speakers including the council's own leader, and the area's MP, Tim Farron.

The developer, Statera Energy, has reduced the scale of its plans, after a similar scheme was thrown out last January. An official council report recommendsthe latest version of the scheme should be approved.

Opponents of the plans at Old Hutton say it's the wrong place for a power plant, which should go on a brownfield site, or in an urban area.

Date set for Grange lido debate after petition tops 17,000

A date has been set for a council debate on the future of Grange lido, after petitions on paper and online gathered more than 17,000 signatures.

Grange lido
Save Grange Lido

Campaigners are calling for the swimming pool to be preserved in plans by South Lakeland council to regenerate the abandoned 1930s buildings on Grange Promenade.

The council is preparing £2m plans for the site, but these would involve filling in the pool because consultants have said a number of times over the years that it could not be financially viable.

The debate will be on December 18

Councillors hold minute's silence for deputy county council leader

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A minute's silence has been held to remember the late councillor Ian Stewart.

Mr Stewart, 65, died suddenly at his home at Sandside on Sunday 21 October.

At the first meeting of South Lakeland District Council's cabinet since his passing, tributes were paid to Mr Stewart, who lived at Sandside and represented the Kent Estuary seat, which covers Arnside, Beetham and Milnthorpe.

Council leader Giles Archibald (Lib Dem, Kendal Town) told the meeting in Kendal on Wednesday that the father and grandfather-of-one was a "wonderful public servant".

Mr Stewart was a former chairman of South Lakeland District Council and the county council's finance portfolio holder and deputy leader.

Ian Stewart holding his first grandson Charlie
Family of Ian Stewart
Ian Stewart with his first grandson Charlie

He achieved a great deal in his time as a councillor and our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time."

Giles ArchibaldCouncil leader (Lib Dem, Kendal Town), South Lakeland District Council

He won the Kent Estuary seat for the Liberal Democrats in 2001, 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2017.

He also represented Arnside and Milnthorpe on SLDC, starting his term of office there in May 2002 and going on to win every subsequent district council election he stood in.

Planners urge green light for power station

New plans for a gas-fired power plant at Old Hutton have been recommended for approval by council planners.

The applicants, Statera Energy Limited, are back before South Lakeland District Council's planning committee in Kendal on Friday, nine months after its first application was turned down.

The London-based company has tabled revised the designs for an electricity-generating station close to the existing substation, and planning officers recommend the scheme go ahead, with 17 conditions.

But more than 500 comments, objections or statements of support have been submitted with a "substantial" number against, and on Friday, more than 30 residents will speak out, including the MP Tim Farron and SLDC council leader Giles Archibald.

Council consider renting out offices

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Ellis Butcher

South Lakeland Council is considering renting out offices at its HQ in Kendal in a bid to generate income.

The proposals are part of Customer Connect, a new programme which aims to "transform" the council by embracing digital technology.

A report to go before the council's overview and scrutiny committee sitting on Friday states: "This is expected to result in a reduction in the traditional office accommodation as the council moves to new ways of working and changes its means of interacting with the public in the delivery of services.

"The current review is expected to result in the proposal to reduce the footprint of the council at South Lakeland House, providing opportunities for letting surplus space."

It is also looking at a senior management restructure with the loss of up to 45 job roles to save £8m over a decade.