With great sadness we announce the passing of our Mayor Leith Hallatsch
On January 10th 2024, our mayor and long serving councillor Leith Joseph Hallatsch passed away. The council extend their condolences to his wife Cllr Christine Hallatsch, his children Victoria and Gareth, his son-in-law Jim, daughter-in-law Antonia, and his seven grandchildren.
The Town Council and Leith's family members would like to thank all who attended his funeral held on Thursday 8th February 2024 at St Mary's Parish Church in Ambleside.
Leith's passing means there are now two vacancies on the Town Council and a notice of vacancy has been posted here.
Welcome to Windermere & Bowness
Windermere & Bowness 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 and Longlands play areas, allotments at Orrest Drive and are responsible for 6 public toilets. We plant and look after numerous flower beds and public 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 & the Planning Sub-Committee meets once a month at Langstone House. 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 2023/24 Civic Year, the Mayor is Cllr Leith Hallatsch and Deputy Mayor is Lisa Greasley.
There are three members of staff - the Town Clerk, who supports and administers all the Town Council's activities, the part time Facilities Officer, who manages the toilets facilities and allotments and the part time 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.
Windermere and Bowness has its own dedicated Facebook page, managed by the Town Council. There is a lot of local information and advice on there for those needing support or seeking to help (windermereandbownesstowncouncil)
The Town Council is a voice for local people in making recommendations to the National Park on all planning applications and to Westmorland and Furness Council on a wide variety of consultations.
Key local services in our area are provided by Westmorland and Furness Council and the Lake District National Park. A brief list of services is shown below. Please consult their individual websites for more information:
Lake District National Park: Planning Applications & Advertising.
Westmorland and Furness Council: Council Tax, Business Rates, Refuse Collection & recycling, Parks and Open spaces, Housing, Car Parks, Licencing, Environmental Health (noise, litter etc), Education & Schools, Social Services, Roads and Highways, Parking.
You can download our useful local links page below:
Windermere & Bowness Town Council are a small parish level council and so have no authority over the roads. You will need to contact Westmorland & Furness Council who are the Highways Authority for this area. You can report online here or call them on 0300 373 3300.
The Town Council is pleased to support local groups and organisations with discretionary grants. Please go to the Grant Applications page under Finance.
How to Find Us:
Windermere & Bowness 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