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.

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 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

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

Please follow this link to read it online.

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