We carry out a number of consultations with the public on a variety of subjects throughout the year. These are all posted on the Cumbria-wide Have Your Say website.
We're in the process of applying for funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to make improvements to Hall Park in Workington. We want you to shape these plans, so please complete the online questionnaire which is being organised by Groundwork NE and is via Survey Monkey.
Allerdale Borough Council is undertaking a Community Governance Review of Workington Town Council. The Review was requested by the Town Council and the issues we are looking at are the overall boundary of the Town Council, its ward boundaries and the number of councillors representing each ward.
The consultation ended on 31 May 2018.
The Private Sector Housing Enforcement Policy sets out the way in which the Council intends to secure effective compliance with legislation to ensure that all private sector housing within the borough is healthy, well managed and safe.
Since the existing policy was adopted, new legislation has been introduced, which has granted officers additional enforcement powers in relation to the private rented sector.
In addition to amending the policy to incorporate these new powers, we have taken the opportunity to amend some of our procedures, in order to allow officers to undertake more proactive enforcement work.
Dates of consultation: 28 February to 30 March 2018
Every year the Council has to agree a balanced budget – this means we must balance our income against our expenditure. Government grants, which used to make up a significant proportion of our income, have been reducing year on year. The simple fact is that as the income we receive from central government reduces we either need to reduce our spending, which could involve changes to the services we provide, or find new sources of income.
To address the decline in income the Council receives from central government we will need to deliver savings to address a funding gap of around £3m over the next three years (2018/19 to 2020/21). This is in addition to delivering savings of approximately £1m during 2018/19. In 2017/18 we set a revenue budget of £14.6million, including £11.9m of recurring expenditure - so you can see the size of the challenge.
Although we remain committed to ensuring front-line services are protected as much as possible, we nevertheless have some tough decisions to make about the level of service we can continue to provide and how we can generate more income. Our aim is to be as efficient as possible whilst maintaining a level of service that our customers and partners expect. We have already made savings of over £6m between 2013/14 and 2017/18 through cuts to staffing and management costs, and making services and processes more efficient. However, despite these achievements we need to do more to find savings or increase our income.
We want your views to help us make decisions when we come to set our budget for 2018/19.
Dates of the consultation: 14 December 2017 - 19 January 2018
Allerdale Borough Council is in the process of preparing a Site Allocations Development Plan Document (DPD) that will form Part 2 of the Allerdale Local Plan. The Site Allocations DPD will identify sites necessary to meet the Borough’s development needs to 2029, as set out in the Strategic and Development Management Policies DPD (Allerdale Local Plan Part 1).
Following a ‘Call for Sites’ conducted at the end of 2013, and ‘Issues and Options’ consultations undertaken in 2014 and 2015, the Council identified those sites that it considered most appropriate for development in its ‘Preferred Options’ consultation carried out earlier this year.
The Council is currently in the process of reviewing the sites identified and policies proposed in response to the comments received. A number of new sites were also suggested to the Council for consideration.
We are now commencing a consultation on the additional sites put forward. The sites are illustrated in the consultation document as submitted, with no assessment of their suitability or fit with the Local Plan strategy; they are not being promoted by the Council.
Dates of the consultation: 20 November 2017 - 22 January 2018
Residents are encouraged to give their views on the Council’s preferred locations for new development within the area over the next 15 Years.
The ‘Site Allocations Development Plan Document (DPD)’ or Allerdale Local Plan (Part Two) will identify or ‘allocate’ sufficient areas of land within the district that lie outside the National Park for specific types of development and land uses such as housing, employment, retail, leisure and open space for the period up to 2029. The plan supports the vision for the district set out in the Allerdale Local Plan (Part One) in delivering sustainable development, economic growth and helping make Allerdale a great place to live, work and visit. Whilst Part One of the Local Plan set out the general vision and scale of development for the area, the second part now under consultation considers specific sites.
The Council has identified its ‘Preferred Options’ sites following previous consultations undertaken in 2014 and 2015. The Preferred Options consultation is a key stage in the preparation of the Site Allocations document, and enables local communities to have their say on which sites should be developed and which sites should be safeguarded.
The consultation started on 27 January 2017 and ended on 24 March 2017.
The Table of Fares for Hackney Carriages was to be reviewed at a meeting of the Licensing Committee.
Despite the fares being reviewed every year, the last change was in 2010. This was your opportunity to put forward any proposals. These should be supported with full reasoning and figures if possible. We strongly encouraged everyone to contribute to the consultation as the Licensing Committee welcome your input into this review. Please bear in mind that only responses received by this Licensing Authority are taken into consideration.
Dates of the consultation: 25/01/2017 - 10/02/2017
Survey of Residents
We hold regular major surveys of our residents. These are carried out by independent organisations on our behalf. Residents are selected randomly and according to the population in each ward. The results are then weighted to fully reflect the local population.
Allerdale residents are asked for their views on public services, democracy, voluntary work, crime and disorder which will provide a snapshot of public opinion and satisfaction with life in the borough. We do not have a report on the 2012 findings.
Some key findings of the 2016 Survey of Residents