Notice Board

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Parish Elections 2020
Due to the coronavirus emergency, the Parish elections scheduled for Thursday 7 May 2020 (along with South Lakeland District Council elections & 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.

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 council services visit (Cumbria County Council) and (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
    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.

SLDC Local Plan Review
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.

Volunteers required – 2 volunteers are required 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 ( or tel 015395 68695) if you are interested in taking on this role.

Cold to Cosy Homes
Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS) is offering free advice and practical help on energy saving, draughtproofing and home improvements to Cumbrian households.  You may be eligible on the grounds of vulnerability, health or income (wide criteria).  Apply at or call 01768 210276.

Business Start Up Support
Free Business Start Up Support is delivered by Cumbria Chamber of Commerce as part of Cumbria Business Growth Hub and  available to anyone of any age looking to start up a new business.  Find out more at or call 0844 2578450.

Parish Council grants
The Parish Council is able to make small grants or donations to community groups, activities or projects.  Click here for more information.

Housing Working Group
The Community Led Plan Housing Working Group (currently comprising Cllrs S Savasi and M Cheesbrough) is seeking local people with an interest in local housing provision to join the Group.  Please contact councillors or Clerk if interested.

Lake District Local Plan Review
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.  

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 response (October 2018) and here to see our final response (May 2019).  Click here for more information on SLDC’s final recommendations (no change to current parish governance arrangements for Helsington).

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

District Council Elections
An election was held for a District Councillor (one of three) for the Bowness and Levens Ward on Thursday 2 May 2019.  Brian Rendell was elected to serve alongside Cllrs Kevin Holmes and John Holmes.  More information here.

Co-option of a Parish Councillor
At its meeting on 2 May 2018, the Parish Council filled the vacancy on the Council by co-opting Eve Templeton.

Co-option of a Parish Councillor
At its meeting on 7 February 2018, the Parish Council filled the vacancy on the Council by co-opting Rob Caddick.

Co-option of a Parish Councillor
At its meeting on 5 July 2017, the Parish Council filled the vacancy on the Council by co-opting Marion Cheesbrough.

Helsington Community Land Trust Housing Development
Read letter from HCLT inviting local people to register an interest in proposed affordable housing in Brigsteer.  Download form to register an interest.  Updated January 2017.

Lake District National Park Extension
On 1 August 2016, part of Helsington Parish – including Brigsteer village, Helsington Barrows, Sizergh Fell, Sizergh Castle and part of the Lyth valley – was incorporated into the Lake District National Park.