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

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.

New Town Councils for Penrith and Whitehaven

In May 2015 two new town councils will be elected in Cumbria - in Penrith and Whitehaven. Reviews undertaken by Eden District Council and Copeland Borough Council showed there was strong local support for establishing the two new councils. A town council benefits the community by providing a local voice and enables more people to become involved in running a town and increases civic pride. If you are interested in standing for election to a local council in May 2015 you can find more information about the work of town and parish councils on our website.

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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