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South Lakeland

South Lakeland District
District
Shown within Cumbria
Shown within Cumbria
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region North West England
Ceremonial county Cumbria
Historic county Lancashire (part)
Westmorland (part)
Yorkshire (part)
Admin. HQ Kendal
Government
 • Type South Lakeland District Council
 • Leadership: Leader & Cabinet
 • Executive: Liberal Democrat (council NOC)
 • MPs: Tim Farron, John Woodcock
Area
 • Total 16.14 sq mi (41.81 km2)
Area rank 285th
Population (2011)
 • Total 103,658
 • Rank Ranked 309th
 • Density 6,400/sq mi (2,500/km2)
Time zone Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) British Summer Time (UTC+1)
ONS code 16UG (ONS)
E07000031 (GSS)
Ethnicity 94.4% White British
2.9% White Other
0.9% South Asian
0.7% Mixed
0.5% Chinese
0.4% Black
0.1% Other
Website southlakeland.gov.uk

South Lakeland is a local government district in Cumbria, England. Its council is based in Kendal. It includes much of the Lake District as well as northwestern parts of the Yorkshire Dales.

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, since winning a majority at the 2006 election the Liberal Democrats have controlled the council. As of the 2012 election the council is composed of the following councillors:-[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.[2]

Party Councillors
  Liberal Democrats 34
  Conservative Party 14
  Labour Party 3

References

  1. ^ "England council elections".  
  2. ^ "South Lakeland Council fined £120,000 over bin lorry deaths". BBC News. 16 February 2015. Retrieved 7 March 2015. 
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