Kendal Town Council

 

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 https://www.20splenty.org/stickers_and_campaign_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

Passcode: 20mph

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

20s Plenty for Cumbria

The next scheduled elections in Cumbria will be held on Thursday 6 May 2021.

These elections are for:

  • the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for the Cumbria police area
  • councillors for parish and town councils in some areas (not in Kendal)
  • by-elections for district and county council seats where the vacancy has arisen since 13 March 2020  (none in Kendal)

County wide elections for all eighty-four electoral divisions of Cumbria County County were scheduled to take place on 6 May 2021 but have been rescheduled to May 2022 due to the consultation on proposals for unitary government in Cumbria.

Kendal residents can vote for their preferred Police and Crime Commissioner, more details can be found via this link.

 

Guest blog from Jack Ellerby, Friends of the Lake District

Concerns have been growing for a while about the increasing volumes and intensity of new artificial lighting causing light pollution. Poor lighting impacts on people’s ability to see the stars, is harmful to wildlife species and habitats and bright light glare affects our ability to get a good night’s sleep, immune systems and overall health.

Working together with the Cumbria Dark Skies Project; Kendal Town Council, Kendal Civic Society and Friends of the Lake District have funded lighting professionals Cundall (Light4) to assess and audit the light pollution across Kendal and Oxenholme. Kendal Town Council supports climate change and biodiversity enhancement initiatives by demonstrating leadership in ‘thinking globally and acting locally to make a difference’. Light pollution relates to climate and biodiversity loss challenges and wider concerns.

Wasted light – shining up into the sky not down where it’s needed, or remaining lit throughout the night when people are not active – uses unnecessary electricity and hampers species ability to migrate, feed and carry out pollination functions.

The first task for the light audit team is to gather baseline information on lighting, take light meter readings to assess the sky quality in and around the town and identify where the main sources of light pollution are located. The next step will be to assess some of the individual lights with permission of the owners (where not publicly accessible) and recommend better lighting to overcome lighting pollution issues. This approach creates an opportunity for lighting owners to access free advice to save energy bills and reduce their contribution to light pollution.

With further help from project partners and supporters, Dark Skies Cumbria hopes to secure grant funding to offer small grants to businesses to improve poor lighting choices.

Kendal Town Council will be looking at its own lighting and making positive changes to Dark Sky-wildlife friendly lighting. Jack is currently working with a group of Kendal residents to install the first Dark Sky compliant Heritage style lights in front of their terrace – we look forward to seeing those results.

If you would like more information on the Lighting Audit and Action Plans and how to get involved, or on wider light pollution issues, please do contact the Project Officer Jack Ellerby Jack-Ellerby@fld.org.uk and visit the website via this link. 

Kendal Town Council has launched a Community Recovery Grant for the Lakeland town’s third sector organisations hardest hit by the pandemic. The £10,000 fund passes on money granted to the Council by the government through its support of bodies paying business rates in the town. Chair of the Town Council’s Audit, Grants and Charities Committee, Cllr Matt Severn said: ‘the Council was fortunate to receive funding through the district council for the properties it occupies in town. It seemed right to passport this through to the organisations in the town that need it most. The pandemic has been very challenging for many people, and we need to do what we can to help everyone get to the other side’.

Third sector organisations serving people in Kendal can apply for the funding by downloading the application form from the Town Council’s grants page via this link. The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday 12 February 2021.

 

 

After weeks of listening to Climate Change experts and debating the information shared about energy, transport, food and political leadership; members of the Kendal Climate Change Citizens Jury have agreed 27 recommendations to answer the question ‘What Should Kendal do about Climate Change?’. 

READ THE FULL RECOMMENDATIONS HERE

Supported by facilitators Shared Future and co-ordinated by Kendal Town Council, the Jury have focused on key areas that if achieved would see Kendal as a ‘shining light’ of positive climate action. All the expert presentations are available here which demonstrate how Jury members arrived at their conclusions.

Jury members have featured in a short film which is currently ‘on tour’ via a series of private screening events with the organisations and tiers of local government who are best placed to take action and turn the Jury’s recommendations into reality.

The Jury members reflected Kendal’s community and the recommendations cover aspects of daily life where changes would benefit both the environment and the health and wellbeing of residents.

The next step for Kendal’s Citizens Jury is a Recommendations Panel where organisations will be invited twice a year to share progress and best practice and develop partnership approaches to climate challenges. The Recommendations Panel will be chaired by Kendal Town Council who will share progress reports whilst developing their own action plan to implement the recommendations. For more information about the Ciizens Jury, follow this link. 


Kendal Town Council has welcomed a report from its Environment and Highways Committee recommending that Kendal adopts a town-wide speed restriction of 20mph.

At a meeting of the full Town Council on Tuesday 4 January, Councillors heard that a scheme covering the whole town could cost as much as £850,000, but other cost effective solutions could be available for less than £50,000.

Councillor Jon Owen, who chairs the Environment and Highways Committee, assured councillors that they did not envisage any scheme deploying unpopular speed bumps, but there were many other, less damaging, interventions which would help discourage motorists from driving too quickly. He cited concerns about the environmental impact of faster moving vehicles, pointing out that often slower general speeds led to fewer hold ups, which were major contributors to poor air quality.

Road safety was also a major factor with other road users feeling far safer when motor vehicle traffic speed was reduced. The cleaner, greener approach to travel across the town should include more cycling and more walking, and reducing traffic speeds would go a long way to promoting this.

The Council commissioned the study on the impact of a 20mph speed limit following extensive consideration in Committee over the preceding 18 months on the impacts of traffic in the town. Previous studies had shown that there may be widespread support for such limits, but new data would be required to gauge current opinions, and any new scheme would be subject to effective community-wide consultation.

The Council adopted a resolution which called on Cumbria County Council to back a town-wide approach to reducing speeds to 20mph, and the Council Committee’s report will now be forwarded to the highway authority for further consultation and development. Funding for a subsequent scheme would be considered at a later date, but the Town Council felt it was important to show leadership on the matter, and make a significant contribution to the final costs.

KENDAL GETS BEHIND ITS CLIMATE CHANGE CITIZENS’ JURY

Yet again Kendal residents, visitors and businesses have rallied together to support their

Citizens’ Jury. In just 14 days, a second Crowdfunder campaign raised £2,050 from

58 committed supporters. This money will be combined with £2,000 confirmed from Kendal

Town Council and a further £2,000 allocated by South Lakeland District Council from its Climate Change Community Fund to launch the next phase of the project.

As the jurors cast their final votes on the draft recommendations, work is underway to

establish a task force challenged with ensuring the recommendations have the best possible

chance of being actioned.

Kendal-based film company Land and Sky has been commission to create a short film to

promote the Jury’s recommendations and inspire change. The recommendations and

film will be launched publicly early in the new year. Private screenings will be hosted with

stakeholders and committed organisation to discuss what action can be taken.

The funding raised will create an opportunity for jury members to be part of the next phase

and to join the ongoing discussions. Support, in the form of vouchers and coaching, will be

offered to jury members who would like to remain involved, ensuring this diverse group of

citizens have equal access.

Kendal Town Clerk and Chair of the Recommendations Task Force, Chris Bagshaw said: “We

are thrilled with the response to our second Crowdfunder campaign and are grateful to our

colleagues at South Lakeland District Council for their ongoing commitment. The additional

funding will be instrumental in ensuring the resources and dedication that has gone into the

Citizens’ Jury is honoured and that the project results in positive change for Kendal.”

For more information visit the https://www.kendalclimatejury.org/ or follow Kendal

Citizens’ Jury on Facebook facebook.com/KendalCitizensJury/. Sign up to the mailing list to

be the first to receive news and announcements.

Kendal Town Council declared a climate emergency in 2019 and together with the Kendal Climate Change Citizens Jury this Biodviersity Grant represents some of the actions Kendal Town Council are taking to respond to the climate emergency.

To apply please read the Biodiversity Grant Criteria here and complete this application form.

Applications must be received by 1pm on Monday 30th of November via email to helen@kendaltowncouncil.gov.uk

We look forward to receiving your application!

Yet again Kendal residents, visitors and businesses have rallied together to support their Citizens’ Jury. In just 14 days, a second Crowdfunder campaign raised £2,050 from 58 committed supporters. This money will be combined with £2,000 confirmed from Kendal Town Council and a further £2,000 allocated by South Lakeland District Council to launch the next phase of the project. As the jurors cast their final votes on the draft recommendations, work is underway to establish a task force challenged with ensuring the recommendations have the best possible chance of being actioned.

Kendal-based film company Land and Sky has been commission to create a short film to promote the Jury’s recommendations and inspire change. The recommendations and film will be launched publicly early in the new year. Private screenings will be hosted with stakeholders and committed organisation to discuss what action can be taken.

The funding raised will create an opportunity for jury members to be part of the next phase and to join the ongoing discussions. Support, in the form of vouchers and coaching, will be offered to jury members who would like to remain involved, ensuring this diverse group of citizens have equal access.

Kendal Town Clerk and Chair of the Recommendations Task Force, Chris Bagshaw said: “We are thrilled with the response to our second Crowdfunder campaign and are grateful to our colleagues at South Lakeland District Council for their ongoing commitment. The additional funding will be instrumental in ensuring the resources and dedication that has gone into the Citizens’ Jury is honoured and that the project results in positive change for Kendal.”

For more information visit the https://www.kendalclimatejury.org/ or follow Kendal Citizens’ Jury on Facebook facebook.com/KendalCitizensJury/. Sign up to the mailing list to be the first to receive news and announcements.