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 town council for Penrith

We support the creation of parish councils in the unparished areas of Cumbria. A group of local people is promoting a petition to generate sufficient signatures to persuade Eden District Council to propose establishing a town council for Penrith. We would encourage you to support the campaign by signing the petition on the District Council's website, or by signing one of the petition sheets in local shops.

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.

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

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.

Developing your skills

Are you a new Clerk? Do you have a new Councillor? Looking for some training? Our new 'Developing your Skills' training brochure is now available below.

PDF Developing your Skills Sept 13 - July 14 - 104kb

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