Annual Report 2020-21
Here is the Annual Report for the last civic year.
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 Play area, Allotments at Orrest Drive and are responsible for 7 public toilets. 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.
Windermere and Bowness has its own dedicated facebook page, managed by the Town Council and there is a lot of local information and help on this for those seeking to help or needing support (windermereandbownesstowncouncil)
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