Kendal Town Council

Thanks to support from South Lakeland District Council, Kendal Town Council have launched a new website,, to celebrate the people and organisations within Kendal who are actively reducing their carbon.

The website aims to provides practical examples, links and advice about retrofitting, installing solar and switching to electric cars and highlights various lifestyle changes that help to reduce carbon.

The Council aim to continue updating the site with more examples as more and more residents adopt low or zero carbon choices.

Following the success of the Kendal Climate Change Jury, the organisations best placed to action the 27 recommendations of the Jury meet as a ‘Recommendations Panel’ to track progress and support action. The panel met in mid January and the minutes are available here.


Kendal looks set to become a greener town after a raft of measures were voted through by the Town Council.

The Town Council voted in favour of projects aimed at making Kendal “cleaner, safer and friendlier” including:

  • Maintenance and improvements to the Alphabet Trail in Serpentine Woods
  • Improving the visual aspect of railings on Windermere Road
  • Commitment to improving footpaths in and around Kendal
  • Biodiversity grants for groups and individuals carrying out work in these areas
  • Ongoing works to support the recommendations of the Citizens Jury including supporting food shares, repair cafes and growing
  • Supporting the Environment Agency where possible and ensuring the delivery of the flood defences is on time and up to scratch
  • Lobbying to introduce 20mph speed limits across the town to make it safer and friendlier for people to walk and cycle, especially school children
  • Dark Skies project to reduce light pollution and to help fund more appropriate lighting in certain area
  • Funding to improve Bowling Fell access and improvements
These projects will be funded by small rise in council tax which equates to £2.50 a year for a house in Band D.

Councillor Eamonn Hennessy, Chair of Kendal Town Council’s Environment and Highways Committee, said: “The projects we have identified are key to us being able to carry out the recommendations from the Citizens Jury, improve biodiversity, as well as improving public spaces in the town. We’re proud of our town and hopefully these steps will make it an even cleaner, friendlier and safer place to live and work.”

Councillor Giles Archibald, Vice-Chair of Kendal Town Council’s Environment and Highways Committee, said: “We face two enormous crises – climate change and biodiversity loss. On the same day that we held our meeting, the government published its Climate Risk Assessment. My comments at the meeting were that this report shows the seriousness of the issue.We face substantial risks to our environment, our infrastructure and our health’.

Kendal’s 5th annual Walking Festival is set to return in 2022. Despite both the pandemic and pingdemic of 2021, the festival attracted approximately 200 walk bookings for the belated August Festival.

Kendal, surrounded by beautiful scenery, offers a wide variety of walking experiences.  We really do have it all….Mountains, Lakes, Rivers, Valleys and the wide open vistas of Morecambe Bay!

As Kendal was home to Britain’s most famous walk writer A Wainwright (AW), the 2022 Kendal Walking Festival will feature a number of walks which will give opportunities to bag a few of the ‘Wainwrights’.

The festival also offers an invitation to join us in ‘An Evening with Alfred Wainwright’ during which you can learn more about the man himself. As an ‘appetiser’ you might like to search BBC Sounds and listen to Sue Lawley interviewing the man himself on Desert Island Discs many years ago.

To find out more about the festival and book a guided walk, please follow this link. 


The Town Council’s Winter Newsletter will be arriving on doorsteps across Kendal from the 13th of December.

It features the Mayors Christmas message and reveals the winner of the Mayor’s Christmas Card competition, Joel Blamire an Art and Design Student from Kendal College.

It also includes information about the Council’s 20mph initiative, public realm enhancements, nature friendly farming, composting, the Farmers Markets and how Visit Kendal are promoting independent shops.

Follow this link to read online.

To contact the editor please email


Kendal Town Council’s latest newsletter has been delivered to 15,000 homes across the town.

Please follow this link to read it online.

To request a copy please contact

Following the sad death of Cllr Michele Miles, and the elapse of the statutory timetable for a by-election to be held, Kendal Town Council will be considering suitable applicants for Co-option to the vacancy in Kirkland Ward. Applications should be made in writing, including a statement of your suitability and a CV, to the Town Clerk,, Town Hall, Highgate, Kendal LA9 4ED.

Applications should be received by 9am Tuesday 31 August.

The term of office will end in May 2022, when elections will be held for the whole Council.


Plans to improve Kendal’s cycling and walking routes have been released by Cumbria County Council in partnership with South Lakeland District Council and Kendal Town Council.



A survey is now open until the 28th of May to find out the following:

  • Would improved cycling routes connect you to the places you want to go to?
  • Where would you like to see improvements to walking routes?
  • What would encourage you to cycle and walk more?
Please follow this link to complete the survey.

The consultation information, available here, highlights:

  • current routes
  • where improvements would be useful
  • the type of improvements needed

Kendal Town Council is supportive of cycling and walking improvements to improve Kendal and address the Climate Emergency by supporting more people to walk and cycle. We are encouraging people to complete the survey to help Cumbria County Council unlock potential funding to action the proposed improvements.


Kendal Town Council’s promotional work via Visit Kendal has seen the Town featured as a ‘Northern Gem’ by Creative Tourist and outdoor hub by Outdoor Active.

Creative Tourist is an arts and travel site which uncovers the best cultural events in some of the UK’s most creative destinations. In fact, over a million people read every year! This spring, Creative Tourist shine the spotlight on our beautiful town and highlight the wonderful attractions we have here on our doorstep.

One of the UK’s most beautiful regions, Kendal is a key destination in the Lake District, packed with fantastic places to visit as well as a wide range of high-quality restaurants, bars and pubs.

The feature includes an overview of our museums, art galleries and shops alongside a selection of top picks to eat and drink.

Read the full article and plan your next Kendal adventure.

Adidas in partnership with Outdoor Active have also worked with us to feature walking and running routes and highlight Kendal’s amazing outdoor offer. Seven routes have been featured and are available here.

Visit Kendal continues to be a brilliant platform to promote and celebrate Kendal’s offer and businesses. Both the Creative Tourist and Outdoor Active opportunities have happended thanks to the strength of the Visit Kendal brand and website.



The facilitators of Kendal’s Climate Change Jury, Shared Future, have released a summary report detailing the background, process and recommendations of Kendal’s Citizens Jury.

Read the full report via this link.

The report thanks Jury members, funders and the volunteer support groups who made the Jury a success.


A Recommendations Panel, chaired by Kendal Town Council, will meet in June to celebrate projects where recommendations have been progressed and develop partnership solutions to the recommendations that require co-ordinated action.

Circulating as requested by one of our local residents. Written by Paul Holdsworth.
20mph Supporters Meeting Zoom – Thursday 8thApril at 7.30pm

Come to a free zoom meeting for 20mph supporters aimed at building teamwork to persuade Cumbria County Councillors and Police to support 20mph as normal.

Fight together as a team to win 20mph limits #ActOn20mph. Share your talents. Slides talk with Anna Semlyen National 20’s Plenty for Us Campaign Manager. Question and Answers chaired by Paul Holdsworth – 20’s Plenty for Cumbria lead.

Cumbria Council has no written speed policy. Let’s get it written saying 20’s Plenty where people are.

Supporters only please for our first meeting so the energy is positive as this helps us to delegate to get actions underway. Examples of actions elsewhere include zoom presentations to County Councillors, motions to Parish Councillors, Meeting the Police and Crime Commissioner, Director of Public Health, Questions to full Council, Social Media, Press Releases, distributing stickers and other materials, ringing round Councillors.

Topic: 20’s Plenty for Cumbria Supporters Get Together – plan a county wide campaign to normalise 20mph

Time: Apr 8, 2021 07:30 PM London

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Meeting ID: 898 2023 1627

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Come and go as you want to. There’s no waiting room. All supporters are welcome
Paul Holdsworth

20s Plenty for Cumbria