Kendal Town Council

Kendal Town Council elected a new Mayor at its Annual Meeting on 16 May. But it was outgoing Mayor Cllr Doug Rathbone who picked up the only nomination, meaning he will serve a second year in office. Supported by Deputy Mayor Cllr Julia Dunlop, also serving a second year, the Mayor was formally ‘made’ at a ceremony in the Town Hall Assembly Room on Thursday 19 May.

There were contested elections in all Kendal Town Council’s wards on 6 May 2022. You can read the results here.

There were also elections for the new ‘shadow’ unitary authority of Westmoland and Furness, which will replace South Lakeland District Council, Eden District Council, Barrow Borough Council and Cumbria County Council on 1 April 2023. You can see the results of that election here.

Cumbria County Council and South lakeland District Council will remain as working authorities until April 2023, with their existing membership serving extended terms of office until then.

You can find out more about how to help support refugees from the war in Ukraine by visiting Cumbria County Council’s website: This will post the latest details from government on their sheme for housing refugees and include any specifically Cumbrian initiatives you can be involved with.

Kendal Town Councillors voted to support the principles in Fair Game’s manifesto
‘Solutions for our National Sport’ at their council meeting on Monday night. Town
Mayor, Cllr Doug Rathbone said, ‘the council is delighted to support this initiative,
which reflects the value of football at the very heart of our communities’. The motion
was brought by Cllr Chris Hogg (Heron Hill ward), who said: “Kendal has kicked off a
debate that every town hall in this country should be having. This is a once-in-alifetime
opportunity to safeguard and strengthen football clubs as civic and
community assets and to avoid some of the disasters that have arisen from
inadequate oversight and dubious decision making.”. The Council called on Minister
for Sport, Nigel Huddleston MP, to endorse the ethos behind Fair Game’s campaign,
and join them in reasserting the values of sustainability, integrity and community in
our national game.

Kendal Town Council has filled the vacancies caused by the death of Cllr Michele Miles (Kirkland Ward) and the resignation of Cllr Jon Owen (Strickland Ward).

At a meeting of the Full Council on 6 September, Kath Teasdale was co-opted to fill the Kirkland vacancy.

In a by-election on 23 September, Phil Walker was elected to the Strickland Ward. You can read the formal notice of results here:SKM_C364e21092400290

There will be a by-election in the Town Council’s Strickland Ward on Thursday 23 September 2021. You can read the formal notice here: SPN-NOP-SPS-strickland. There will also be a by-election in the corresponding Kendal North ward for South Lakeland District Council. You can read about this, and the electoral process generally, here.

Following the resignation of Cllr Jon Owen, there will be a by election in the Town’s Strickland Ward. You can read the formal notice here:


Following the resignation of Cllr Jonathan Owen, there is a Casual Vacancy in the Town’s Strickland Ward. You can read the official notice here.