Prizet river and weir
Winter on Helsington Barrows
View of the Lyth Valley

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.


The next scheduled meeting will on Wednesday 1 September 2021 at 7.30pm. The public are most welcome to attend meetings which are normally held in the Helsington and Brigsteer Village Hall and there is an opportunity for public participation.  All meeting papers are posted on the Meetings page when issued.

Parish Council Elections – Thursday 6 May 2021 (uncontested)

Due to the coronavirus emergency, the Parish elections scheduled for May 2020 were postponed and rescheduled for Thursday 6 May 2021.  The parish election for Helsington was not contested so there was no poll.  Read Result of uncontested election here.

Vacancies for Parish Councillors

Following the election, there are 2 vacancies on the Council.  Click here for more information about the vacancies.

Chairman’s Report 2021

Read the Chairman’s Report 2021 here.

Local government reorganisation in Cumbria

The principal authorities in Cumbria have submitted proposals for local government reorganisation in Cumbria:-
Cumbria County Council has proposed one unitary authority covering the whole of Cumbria, replacing the current district and county councils.  One Cumbria proposal.
South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) has submitted a proposal for a new Morecambe Bay Unitary Authority, comprising South Lakes, Barrow and Lancaster City.  The Bay proposal.
Proposals submitted by other local councils split Cumbria into two unitary authorities along either east/west or north/south lines.
The government is consulting on these proposals to help the Secretary of State form a judgement on which, if any, proposal best meets the criteria for implementing these reforms.  Read more about the consultation and respond here.

Coronavirus Covid-19

For information, advice and the latest updates about coronavirus and changes to services visit (Cumbria County Council) and (South Lakeland District Council).

Brigsteer Village Neighbour Support 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 ([email protected] or tel 015395 68695) if you are interested in taking on this role.

Community Led Plan
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.

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

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.  Click here to find out more about the process and have your say.

Community Governance Review 2018/19:  SLDC has conducted a review of parish governance in its area.

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.  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 [email protected]

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.

Map of Helsington Parish

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