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We carry out a number of consultations with the public on a variety of subjects throughout the year. These are all posted on the Cumberland Council consultation website.

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Former consultations by Allerdale Borough Council

Keswick residents and business owners had their say on the future of leisure provision in the town.  

The consultation was run by Strategic Leisure on behalf of Allerdale Borough Council. It’s aim was to ensure the needs of local residents is considered in the planning and development of any future leisure facilities in Keswick. 

Strategic Leisure was asked to develop an appraisal of the types of leisure facilities local people would like, as well as carry out an assessment of the situation around the current supply and demand. They also reviewed the current guidance and priorities of the major sporting bodies, as well as the content of relevant local strategies.  

Read the final report by Strategic Leisure on leisure facilities in Keswick.

The council consulted on its budget for the years 2022/23 in December/January 2021/22. Find out more and have your say.

The results of the consultation can be found the budget reports.

The Council undertook a review of its statement of policy and the revised policy which will be implemented in January 2022. As part of the review, the Council consults with a range of organisations and responsible bodies and gives residents and businesses in the Allerdale area the opportunity to comment on the draft policy which has been amended to reflect legislative and guidance changes from the last policy review. The consultation period ran from 12 August 2021 to 30 September 2021.

We are consulting on our budget for the financial year 2021/22. 

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The Government is actively driving a devolution agenda across the UK. To allow for powers and finance to be devolved from central Government to a local level, local authorities must exist that are large enough to receive them. The current two-tier system in Cumbria (of a county council with six districts beneath it) does not offer this option.

Therefore, the Government has formally invited all seven Cumbrian authorities to submit their proposals for local government reform that would replace the current setup and create larger authorities in order to facilitate a future devolution deal. The Government has expressed a preference that local government reform will create a Directly Elected Mayor position for Cumbria.

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Following the adoption of the Allerdale Local Plan in July, the Council consulted on the Workington Town Centre Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) which the Council has prepared to provide a framework to guide development in the town centre which will promote regeneration, encourage investment into the area and facilitate positive change.

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A consultation was held into the Council's Draft Statement of Licensing Policy.

Draft Statement of Licensing Policy 122.5 KB

Policy review response form 22.7 KB

The consultation ended on 13 November 2020.

The Council consulted on the introduction of a borough-wide Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) for the prohibition of dog fouling, per s.75 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. The existing order which regulates dog fouling will lapse on 20 October 2020 and we opened up a public consultation to gather feedback from the public about this issue.

The PSPO allows the Council to issue fixed penalty notices (FPNs) against individuals who allow their dogs to foul in public without cleaning up afterwards.

It is essential that the order includes exemptions for those who are unable to clean up after their dog so we also asked for representations with regards to whether there are any other instances in which you feel an exemption can be made.

This consultation ran from Wednesday, August 12, 2020 to Wednesday, August 26, 2020.

Comments are being welcomed on the final draft of the Cumbria Choice Based Lettings Allocations Policy. Feedback needs to be given no later than June 19, 2020. Anyone with queries should contact


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The council is in the process of developing a four year Delivery Plan that sets out how we will deliver against the priorities set out in our new Council Strategy 2020-2030. This consultation provides an opportunity for you to review and comment on an early draft of the Delivery Plan which gives more detail about proposed key actions/projects, key day to day service activity and potential measures of progress.

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This consultation provides an opportunity for you to review and comment on Allerdale Borough Council's approach to meeting the budget challenges ahead, including some possible changes to service delivery and changes to Council Tax.

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Creative People and Places is an Arts Council England programme, which supports communities to shape their local arts and culture provision. In preparation for a bid to cover the Allerdale and Copeland areas, the West Cumbria CPP Consortium (made up of local authorities, the Family Arts Network, Lakes College and other partners) would like to know; whether you currently engage with creative activity; if not, what are the reasons why you don't; the types of art and culture you enjoy; what would encourage you to participate in creative activities more; and what you would like to do more of in the future.

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We consulted on the draft Council Plan 2020-2030. This sets out the priorities and objectives that we believe will help to make Allerdale a place where our communities can thrive.   To ensure that everyone can prosper in our area we need to work towards a sustainable future – for our economy, our environment, and our communities – as well as creating a sustainable footing for the Council so that we can continue to provide the services that our communities need.

Read the draft plan and have your say

The Council submitted the Allerdale Local Plan (Part 2) to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government for examination in January 2019, and public hearings were held during May 2019.  As a result of representations received and following the public hearings a number of amendments were proposed to the plan.

Read about the modifications

We consulted on our budget for 2019/20 and our priorities for 2019-2023. 

Read about our budget consultation

We consulted on our proposals for polling stations and districts. Click the link below to find out more:

Read about the polling districts consultation

We consulted on the Local Plan (Part 2) before it is submitted to the Secretery of State for consideration. Residents were asked to have their say on the legality and soundness of the plan in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework.

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We conducted a review of the future of Workington Town Council and asked whether Moorclose should be a separate parish as requested from a recent petition. This was the second stage consultation, looking at the proposals from the working group. Closing date was 31 October 2018.

Read about the review

We carried out a review of Winscales parish council. In the first stage we consulted on whether the Winscales parish council should be disbanded. The responses showed that local residents wished to see the parish council continue. Therefore then consulted on the new proposals:

Find out more about the review

Consultation closed 23 October 2018

A consultation asking whether neighbouring parishes should be incorporated into Keswick Town Council area.

Read about the review

Closed 23 October 2018

We conducted a review of the future of Winscales Parish Council. Find out more and submit your response via the link below. Closing date was 31 August 2018.

See details of the review

Broughton Parish Council asked Allerdale Borough Council to consider a possible change to the number of councillors.

Find out about the possible changes

Embleton Parish Council asked Allerdale Borough Council to consider un-warding the parish to make it just one area.

More details about the review

We consulted on our revised policy on Pedlars and Street Trading. For more information go to our  consultation site .


Allerdale Borough Council is consulting on a revised guidance for toilet standards in cafes and restaurants.

To find out more and to respond go to our online consultation page .

Deadline for responses 25 July 2018.

We're applying for funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to make improvements to Hall Park in Workington. We want you to shape these plans, so we asked you to complete the online questionnaire which was being organised by Groundwork NE and was 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

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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

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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

Residents' Survey

Every two years we carry out a major survey of our residents on our services, what they feel about their local area, and aspects about their lives such as their health and financial situation.

Previous survey results

The Residents' Surveys are carried out every two years. 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.

Download the 2018 Survey of Residents

Download the 2016 Survey of Residents

Download the 2014 Survey of Residents


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