Cumbria Association of Local Councils

We are the Association of Town and Parish Councils and Parish Meetings in Cumbria

Click on About Parish Councils (above) to find lots of information on town and parish councils in Cumbria and how to become a councillor or clerk.

Click on Find Parish Councils in Cumbria to find your own town or parish council and their contact details.

If you are part of a council which is a member of CALC, Log in to the members' area for a wide range of advice and guidance, details of training and events and lots more. Contact us if you are a member council but don't have login details.

Developing your skills

We are pleased to present the latest edition of our Continuing Professional Development programme for Town and Parish Councils:-

Developing your skills June 2014 to December 2014

We offer a range of information, networking and development opportunities to suit all your needs including bespoke one off training sessions.

Here is what others have said about the training we deliver: -

"Very informative and helpful"
"Very good, done at the right pace and content"
"Good to get all of the Councillors together"
"Excellent, great to receive info and share ideas"

To view the courses available and forthcoming schedule click on the link below

PDF Developing your Skills June - December 14 - 124kb

Neighbourhood Planning

The Upper Eden Community Plan group of seventeen parishes in Cumbria became the first in the country to complete a neighbourhood plan and, after a referendum, have it adopted by the local planning authority, Eden District Council. This is a fantastic achievement and you can read more about Upper Eden's Plan here.

A Neighbourhood Plan reflects the particular needs and characteristics of a local area, so the content of Plans will vary from one area to another, although each Plan has to be in general conformity with the Local Plan of the local planning authority. We've produced a booklet explaining the steps involved in drawing up a Neighbourhood Plan in Cumbria. A 9.5 million Government fund is available to help communities produce Neighbourhood Plans. If you would like more information, please contact the CALC office.


Work for a Parish or Town Council

The latest information on jobs in Cumbrian parish and town councils.

Newsletters and reports

A collection useful newsletters and reports from other organisations.

A town council for Penrith

Eden District Council will shortly be consulting local people to find out whether there is support for a town council for Penrith.

CALC supports the creation of parish councils in the unparished areas of Cumbria. We believe local communities are best served by councils closest to the community. Local councils work in partnership with the larger authorities to bring services to the villages and streets where people live.

Lake District National Park Partnership

CALC is a member of the Lake District National Park Partnership whose vision for the National Park is that it will be "An inspirational example of sustainable development in action".
Follow the link below to find out more about the work of the Partnership

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