Community Drop in Evening
A huge thank you to all the groups and residents who came along on a rainy November evening to our first Community Drop-in Event on Wednesday 22nd November. It was a great success with over twenty different organisations sharing information about their work.
Another thank you must go to The Belsfield Hotel for kindly offering the room, parking and refreshments to the community free of charge.
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:
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