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.

A double first for Cumbria

In July 2014 Cockermouth Town Council became the first council to obtain approval in a referendum for a Neighbourhood Development Order (NDO). An NDO grants planning permission for specified development in a neighbourhood area. The NDO was a response to the November 2009 floods in Cockermouth where restoration work was delayed in some cases by the need to apply for planning permission.

The Upper Eden Community Plan group of seventeen parishes in Cumbria was 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.

We've produced a booklet explaining the steps involved in drawing up a Neighbourhood Plan in Cumbria. Government help is available to communities to produce Neighbourhood Plans. If you would like more information, please contact the CALC office.



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 December 2014 - June 2015

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 December 2014 - June 2015 - 242Kb
You can book any course by telephone, email or in writing as shown on the programme.  Alternatively you can book your place online by simply filling in a booking form which is available by logging onto the CALC Members training page

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.   

Elections to New Councils

Elections will take place on Thursday 7th May to local councils across Cumbria. It will be a special day for electors in Penrith and Whitehaven who will have the opportunity to vote for the first time in elections to the two new councils. The new Penrith and Whitehaven councils will serve populations of 15 000 and 25,000 respectively.

Have you thought about standing for election to the new Penrith and Whitehaven councils.  Serving as a local councillor is hugely rewarding and you can read more about the role here . If you would like to know more we're happy to help with general information. The formal notice of election will be published at the end of March and you will need to submit your nomination papers to the Returning Officer by Thursday 9th April.

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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