South Lakeland


South Lakeland is a local government district in Cumbria, England. The population of the non-metropolitan district was 102,301 according to the 2001 census,[1] increasing to 103,658 at the 2011 Census.[2] Its council is based in Kendal. It includes much of the Lake District as well as northwestern parts of the Yorkshire Dales.

South Lakeland District
District
Shown within Cumbria
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionNorth West England
Ceremonial countyCumbria
Historic countyLancashire (part)
Westmorland (part)
Yorkshire (part)
Admin. HQKendal
Government
  TypeSouth Lakeland District Council
  Leadership:Leader & Cabinet
  Executive:Liberal Democrat
  MPs:Tim Farron, Simon Fell
Area
  Total592 sq mi (1,534 km2)
Area rank11th
Population
 (2011)
  Total103,658
  RankRanked 225th
  Density180/sq mi (68/km2)
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
  Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
ONS code16UG (ONS)
E07000031 (GSS)
Websitesouthlakeland.gov.uk

The district was created on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972. It was formed from the Kendal borough, Windermere urban district, most of Lakes urban district, South Westmorland Rural District, from Westmorland, Grange and Ulverston urban districts and North Lonsdale Rural District from Lancashire, and Sedbergh Rural District from the West Riding of Yorkshire.

Governance


Elections to the district council are held in three out of every four years, with one third of the 51 seats on the council being elected at each election. No political party held a majority on the council from the first election in 1973 to 2006. However, after winning a majority at the 2006 election the Liberal Democrats controlled the council. As of the 2019 election the council is composed of the following councillors:-[3]

Party Councillors
Liberal Democrats 32
Conservative Party 15
Labour Party 3
Green 1

The Council was fined £120,000 in February 2015 after two women were killed in separate incidents by reversing rubbish lorries. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found they had failed to tackle the risks from reversing vehicles.[4]

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