View over BrigsteerWelcome to the Helsington Parish Council website.  There are 7 members of the Parish Council which meets 6 times a year.  Further information about the Council and its work may be found on the pages of this website.

MEETINGS – The next scheduled meeting will be on Wednesday 2 September 2020 at 7.30pm.   The public are most welcome to attend meetings, whether held in the Village Hall or virtually, and there is an opportunity for public participation.  All meeting papers are posted on the Meetings page when issued.
In accordance with the 2020 Regulations, the last meeting of the Parish Council was held virtually on Wednesday 1 July 2020 at 7.30pm.
The Annual Meeting of the Parish Council scheduled for Wednesday 20 May 2020 was cancelled.
Read the Chairman’s Report 2020 here.

ELECTIONS POSTPONED – Due to the coronavirus emergency, the Parish elections scheduled for Thursday 7 May 2020 (along with South Lakeland District Council elections and Police and Crime Commissioner elections) have been postponed until 6 May 2021.  Councillors due to retire or be up for election in May 2020 have had their terms of office extended by one year.

VACANCIES – There are two vacancies on the Parish Council following the resignations of Shelley Savasi and Marion Cheesbrough.  As an election has not been requested, the Council will proceed to fill the vacancies by co-option.  If you are interested in serving as a parish councillor, please see the attached advertisement.  

CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 – For information about coronavirus, advice and changes to services visit https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/ (Cumbria County Council) and https://www.southlakeland.gov.uk/ (South Lakeland District Council). 

  • County Council information for local communities including the latest South Lakeland Newletter and South Lakeland Directory of Community Support can be found here.
  • Cumbria County Council and partners have launched an emergency telephone support line for those at high risk from coronavirus who need urgent help.  The support line number is 0800 783 1966 (Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm and 10am – 2pm at weekends) or visit https://cumbria.gov.uk/coronavirus/helpline.asp.  The service also accepts referrals from members of the public who may be concerned about people in their community.
  • Information about the partial re-introduction of green bin garden waste collections can be found here. 
  • Household Waste Recycling Centres are re-opening with restrictions and for essential visits only from Tuesday 12 May 2020 – click here for updated information.  

Brigsteer Village Neighbour Support Plan – click here to read the local plan to support any residents who need help with shopping, collecting medication, walking dogs etc during the current emergency.   You will find contact details for Elspeth, Wendy and Marion, who are co-ordinating requests for help, at the end of the plan.
If you live in the parish outside Brigsteer village and need assistance, please do not hesitate to get in touch and volunteers will try to help.
The Parish Council would like to extend its heartfelt thanks to all the local volunteers who have assisted and supported those in need during the coronavirus crisis.

The Parish Council is appealing for 2 volunteers to take responsibility for the operation of the speed indicator device on Brigsteer Brow. The device is shared with 3 other local parishes on a rota system. Operating the SID in Brigsteer involves taking delivery of the device, recharging and resetting it, installing it on the pole on Brigsteer Brow for a 2/3 week period, then taking it down and delivering it to the next parish on the rota, currently Crosthwaite.  Please contact Chairman Steve Carman (stephen.carman52@gmail.com or tel 015395 68695) if you are interested in taking on this role.

Find out more about Helsington’s Community Led Plan here.  Please contact the Council if you are interested in being involved in any of the groups working on delivering the Action Plan.  The Community Led Plan Housing Working Group is seeking local people with an interest in local housing provision to join the Group.  Please contact councillors or Clerk if interested.

Find out more about Parish Council grants for community groups, activities and projects here.

South Lakeland District Council is reviewing and updating its Local Plan.  This Local Plan applies to areas of South Lakeland outside the national parks (including the areas of Helsington parish which are outside the Lake District National Park) and provides policies on housing and economic growth, whilst protecting the environment and addressing climate change.  The Plan allocates sites for housing and other developments such as new employment sites.  To find out more about the process and have your say click here.

Community Governance Review 2018/19:  SLDC has conducted a review of parish governance in its area.  Click here to see the Parish Council’s initial submission (October 2018) and here to see our final submission (May 2019).  Click here for more information on SLDC’s final recommendations (no changes to the current parish governance arrangements for Helsington).

The latest stage of the Lake District National Park Authority’s consultation on its Local Plan Review ran from 8 April – 3 June 2019.  The Local Plan was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for examination on 1 August 2019.  Find out more about the examination process here.  LDNPA is the planning authority for the part of the parish which is within the Lake District National Park.  

Mark Kidd is the Parish Member for the Central and South East Area of the Lake District National Park Authority.  He may be contacted at mark.kidd@lakedistrict.gov.uk.

Helsington Parish – a brief description

Helsington is a civil parish in south Cumbria, the principal authorities being South Lakeland District Council and Cumbria County Council.  In August 2016, most of the parish was incorporated into the Lake District National Park which then became the planning authority for a large part of the parish.  Helsington is named after one of the 24 townships which constituted the greater parish of Kendal.  It has a population of 310 (Census 2011), comprising 140 households, and 282 people are currently on the electoral register.

The parish consists of the village of Brigsteer in the Lyth valley and the surrounding rural area including the settlements of Helsington, Sizergh, Larkrigg and Prizet.  The parish is bisected by the A591, the main road from the M6 to the central Lake District.  The nearest service centre is the market town of Kendal about 3 miles to the north east of Brigsteer.   Brigsteer has a Village Hall built in 2010 which is well used for social, community and business events, and the Wheatsheaf pub which was redeveloped in 2013.   Helsington is the location of St John’s Church and the former Village School, now bunkhouse accommodation.   Sizergh Castle and Estate is a National Trust property, and nearby is Low Sizergh Barn, a farm with a shop, farm trail and café.

The map below illustrates the boundaries of the parish.  To the north the parish borders with Kendal and Underbarrow, to the east with Natland and Sedgwick, to the south with Levens and to the west and north west with Crosthwaite and Lyth.

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