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Coordinates: 54°18′43″N 2°52′48″W / 54.312°N 2.880°W / 54.312; -2.880

South Lakeland District
Shown within Cumbria
Shown within Cumbria
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionNorth West England
Ceremonial countyCumbria
Historic countyLancashire (part)
Westmorland (part)
Yorkshire (part)
Admin. HQKendal
 • TypeSouth Lakeland District Council
 • Leadership:Leader & Cabinet
 • Executive:Liberal Democrat
 • MPs:Tim Farron, John Woodcock
 • Total592 sq mi (1,534 km2)
Area rank11th
 • Total103,658
 • RankRanked 227th
 • Density180/sq mi (68/km2)
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
ONS code16UG (ONS)
E07000031 (GSS)
EthnicityWhite: English/Welsh/Scottish/Northern Irish/British 95.5922%,

White: Irish 0.3425%, White: Gypsy or Irish Traveller 0.0347%, White: Other White 2.3944%, Mixed/multiple ethnic groups: White and Black Caribbean 0.1592%, Mixed/multiple ethnic groups: White and Black African 0.0878%, Mixed/multiple ethnic groups: White and Asian 0.2248%, Mixed/multiple ethnic groups: Other Mixed 0.1389%, Asian/Asian British: Indian 0.1804%, Asian/Asian British: Pakistani 0.0386%, Asian/Asian British: Bangladeshi 0.0511%, Asian/Asian British: Chinese 0.2576%, Asian/Asian British: Other Asian 0.2315%, Black/African/Caribbean/Black British: African 0.1023%, Black/African/Caribbean/Black British: Caribbean 0.0646%, Black/African/Caribbean/Black British: Other Black 0.0096,% Other ethnic group: Arab 0.0338%,

Other ethnic group: Any other ethnic group 0.056%

South Lakeland is a local government district in Cumbria, England. The population of the non-metropolitan district at the 2011 Census was 103,658.[1] Its council is based in Kendal. It includes much of the Lake District as well as northwestern parts of the Yorkshire Dales.

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 are 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, since winning a majority at the 2006 election the Liberal Democrats have controlled the council. As of the 2012 election the council is composed of the following councillors:-[2]

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.[3]

Party Councillors
Liberal Democrats 32
Conservative Party 15
Labour Party 3
Green 1


  1. ^ "Non-metropolitan district population 2011". Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  2. ^ "England council elections". BBC News Online. Retrieved 14 August 2011.
  3. ^ "South Lakeland Council fined £120,000 over bin lorry deaths". BBC News. 16 February 2015. Retrieved 7 March 2015.

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