Welcome to Windermere
SOUTH LAKELAND NEWSLETTER:
A useful summary of everything you need to know at Friday 3rd April:
Windermere and Bowness has its own dedicated facebook page, managed by the Town Council and there is lots of local information and help on this for those seeking to help or needing support (windermereandbownesstowncouncil)
A. New this week (commencing 30th March):
Today (Monday 30 March) Cumbria County Council and partners have launched a new emergency phone number for people who are at high risk of becoming seriously ill as a result of COVID-19, and who do not have support available from friends, family or neighbours, to call for support.
The Emergency telephone support line is 0800 783 1966.
B; Grants now available to small businesses:
SLDC have launched the application process: SLDC has today announced the launch of its online application form for Government business grants for businesses affected by COVID 19. Businesses who meet the eligible criteria can now apply. There are two grants available:
- Cash grant for retail, hospitality and leisure
- Small Business Grant Funding Go to the SLDC website for the eligibility criteria and online form.
PLEASE NOTE YOU WILL NEED YOUR BUSINESS RATES REFERENCE NUMBER WHEN APPLYING FOR GRANTS.
If you do not meet the eligibility criteria or you are seeking additional support measures, all the latest up-to-date government information can be found at Gov.UK Business Support
The sites below also have helpful up to date information and advice.
Cumbria County Council Updates
Cumbria Tourism Updates
Or email requests can be made for help to COVID19support@cumbria.gov.uk.
C. General Guidance on support available in Cumbria:
See useful guidelines on the PDF document below
D.Grants now available to charities and individuals from the Cumbria Community Foundation:
See advice on how to claim in the PDF document below.
E: Cumbria Police Statement on how they will approach those who are out and about helping others:
General Information (Home Page)
Windermere Town Council, covering Windermere, Bowness & Troutbeck Bridge, deals with matters that are very local in focus. We manage 30 acres of Elleray Woods & Orrest Head, the War Memorial, Baddeley Clock, Langrigge Play area, Allotments at Orrest Drive and are responsible for 7 public toilets (managed separately by the Bowness & Windermere Community Care Trust). We are responsible for planting and looking after numerous flower beds and 108 hanging baskets and planters in the summer months. The "Windermere in Bloom" festival culminates in the awards ceremony in September each year and is organised by the Town Council.
The Town Council is a voice for local people in making recommendations to the National Park on all planning applications and to the District & County Councils on a wide variety of consultation. The split of responsibilities between all these organisations can be quite confusing, so below is a quick guide to the main services in our area. Please consult their individual websites for more information. :
Lake District National Park: Planning Applications & Advertising.
South Lakeland District Council: Council Tax, Business Rates, Refuse Collection and recycling, Parks and Open spaces, Housing, Car Parks, Licencing, Environmental Health (noise, litter etc).
Cumbria County Council: Education & Schools, Social Services, Roads and Highways, Parking on the roadside, parking wardens and enforcement.
The Town Council meets twice a month at Langstone House on Broad Street. The Arts & Craft Council chamber on the first floor is let to the Town Council in perpetuity. Meetings are chaired by the Town Mayor, elected each year. For the 2019/20 Civic Year, the Mayor is Cllr John Saunders and Deputy Mayor Cllr Sandra Lilley.
There are 2 part time members of staff - the Town Clerk, who supports and administers all the Town Council's activities and the Town Steward, who cares for the woodland, gardens, litter picks and repairs Council assets.
The Council has the authority to set an annual precept (local rate) to cover its operating costs and produces annual accounts for public scrutiny. The Council aims to spend its funds wisely and provide value to local people. There is a grants fund available to local projects, on application.
How to Find Us:
Windermere Town Council meetings are held at Langstone House, which is on Broad Street in Windermere. Coming from the Library end of Broad Street, we are located near the top of the road, on the left hand side. Look for our noticeboard. The full address is:
Broad Street, Windermere