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

Welcome to the Helsington Parish Council website  

What Does the Parish Council Do?

Represents You: The Parish Council gives views on planning applications and other proposals that affect the parish. It also alerts relevant authorities to problems that arise or work that needs to be undertaken.

Manages Local Projects: The Parish Council undertakes projects and schemes that benefit local residents. It also awards small grants in support of projects or initiatives proposed by others that benefit the local community.

Forges Partnerships: The Parish Council works in partnership with other bodies to achieve benefits for the parish.

Communicates With You: The Parish Council helps the other tiers of local government keep in touch with their local communities.

View over Brigsteer

It is the Mission of the Parish Council to be an essential part of the structure of local democracy and to act on behalf, and in the best interests, of the community it represents.

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 be on Wednesday 07 September 2022 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.

Vacancies for Parish Councillors

There is currently 1 vacancy on the Council.
If you are interested and would like further details please contact either: Steve Carman (Chairman) [email protected] (015395 68695) or Martin Curry (Parish Clerk) [email protected] (07388 920410).

The Annual Accounts and Audit 2022-23 are published and can be viewed on the Information Page along with the Notice of the Period for the Exercise of Public Rights.

Annual Parish Meeting 06 April 2022

Annual Parish Meeting Draft Minutes 2022

Chairman’s Report- 2021-22

Local government reorganisation in Cumbria

From 1 April 2023 local government in Cumbria will change. The current six district councils and Cumbria County Council will be replaced by two new unitary authorities.

Government announced its decision to create two new unitary councils in July 2021. Since then work has been ongoing to develop and implement a transition plan.

All seven local authorities, supported by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, are collaborating on the complex operation to create the two new authorities. This entails a considerable amount of work to ensure that people in Cumbria receive the high level of service and delivery they expect and deserve.

All those involved in leading this project are committed to ensuring that local people are kept fully informed and engaged in this process; details and updates can be found at This website will hold all the latest public information on that work and the next steps, so please return regularly for updates.

The following articles are currently subject to update:

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.

Lake District National Park Authority Local Plan  2020 -2035

On 19 May 2021 the Lake District National Park Authority adopted the Lake District National Park Local Plan 2020-2035 following the Examination in Public.  Find out more about the Local Plan 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 [email protected]

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.

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