South Lakeland was a local government district in Cumbria, England, from 1974 to 2023. In April 2023, Cumbria was reorganised into two unitary authorities. South Lakeland District Council was abolished and its functions were transferred to the Westmorland and Furness unitary authority. The population of the non-metropolitan district was 102,301 according to the 2001 census, increasing to 103,658 at the 2011 Census. Its council was based in Kendal. It included much of the Lake District as well as northwestern parts of the Yorkshire Dales.
South Lakeland District
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Region||North West England|
|Historic county||Lancashire (part)|
|• Type||South Lakeland District Council|
|• Total||592 sq mi (1,534 km2)|
|• Rank||Ranked 229th|
|• Density||180/sq mi (68/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+1 (British Summer Time)|
|ONS code||16UG (ONS)|
The district was created on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972. It was formed from the Kendal borough, Windermere urban district, most of Lakes urban district, South Westmorland Rural District, from Westmorland, Grange and Ulverston urban districts and North Lonsdale Rural District from Lancashire, and Sedbergh Rural District from the West Riding of Yorkshire.
Elections to the district council were held in three out of every four years, with one third of the 51 seats on the council being elected at each election. No political party held a majority on the council from the first election in 1973 to 2006. However, after winning a majority at the 2006 election the Liberal Democrats controlled the council. After a set of by-elections in 2021 the council was composed of the following councillors:-
The council was fined £120,000 in February 2015 after two women were killed in separate incidents by reversing rubbish lorries. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found they had failed to tackle the risks from reversing vehicles.
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