Political structure and leaders

The Political Structure

We have a commitment to the people of Allerdale to be open and accountable and we believe that local people should be able to see how decisions are made.

We consulted with you on the political structure you wanted for Allerdale and, as a result, we adopted a format that includes a Leader and Cabinet. The old style committees have been replaced and the majority of decisions are now made by one Committee (the Executive Committee). Full details of Executive Committee members and their areas of responsibility are available.

Two separate Overview and Scrutiny Committees (Community and Corporate) and a Standards Committee, including independent representatives, have been set up to act as the Council's Watchdog and to ensure fairness in the decision making process.

We will continue to provide you with the best services possible but we also want to encourage you to give your views and to become more involved in the democratic process by attending and speaking at meetings. We already encourage people to ask questions at meetings either in person or in writing. We also encourage objectors to speak at Development Panel on Planning applications and this is only the start and we will extend the scheme where possible.

To find out more or to give your views contact

The Leader of the Council

Alan Smith represents the All Saints Cockermouth Ward of Allerdale.

Councillor Alan Smith

Deputy Leader

Mark Fryer represents the Stainburn Workington Ward of Allerdale.

Councillor Mark Fryer

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Contact us

0303 123 1702

Allerdale Borough Council
Allerdale House, Workington, Cumbria,
CA14 3YJ