Decision details

Local Government Reorganisation (LGR) Update – Lake Windermere

Decision Maker: Lake Administration Committee

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No

Purpose:

To provide an update on Local Government Reorganisation in relation to the bed of Lake Windermere.

Decisions:

The Director of Customer and Commercial Services presented an update on Local Government Reorganisation (LGR). He informed Members that the LGR process is proceeding with SLDC being abolished on 31 March 2023. At the last meeting of the Lake Administration Committee, Members requested that officers urgently seek a meeting with DLUHC to discuss the matter of the lake bed and its administration in the context of LGR. The legal regulations had been set out in the report to highlight the government’s position for the transfer of assets in the consequential order, a draft of which was expected in Autumn of 2022 when further consultation would be undertaken.

 

Members highlighted that a paper had been put together with a few points of concern from Windermere and Bowness Town Council, which had been sent to the Government with District and County Councillors being copied in. The paper sought reassurance that Town and Parish Councils could be involved in the discussions on the management of lake bed and water to ensure it was in line with the original gift by the Windermere Urban District Council.

 

The Legal, Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist (Monitoring Officer) requested that the paper be sent to the Director of Customer and Commercial Services and noted that any organisation could contact the government to request consultation. She added that once the draft consequential order had been drafted it would be shared with the Lake Administration Committee and that the current position was to seek to work with the government before the consequential order had been drafted.

 

Members expressed their support for wider consultation, emphasising the need for Town and Parish Councils to be involved and for urgency with consultation. The Director of Customer and Commercial services confirmed that the commitment for this remained and that consultation would be an ongoing process.

 

Members felt that as well as Windermere and Bowness Town Council and the Lakes Parish Council, the opportunity should be opened up to the other parish councils with an interest in the future of the lake as currently those parish councils were only represented by their District Councillors.

 

The Committee was pleased by the positive comments in relation to the government consultation on the consequential order including those parishes surrounding the lake.

 

RESOLVED – That the current position within the LGR process, as set out in the report be noted.

Report author: Linda Fisher

Publication date: 09/06/2022

Date of decision: 22/04/2022

Decided at meeting: 22/04/2022 - Lake Administration Committee

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