Welcome to the home page of Borrowdale Parish Council.
Borrowdale is the valley of the river Derwent that rises at the northern end of the Scafell range, in the centre of the English Lake District national park, and flows north.
The parish includes the villages Seatoller, Stonethwaite, Rosthwaite and Grange, the hamlets Seathwaite and Watendlath, and most of Derwentwater. It extends to the outskirts of Keswick.
(Our masthead photo, looking south from Castlehead in Keswick, is almost entirely of Borrowdale.)
Next Meeting Wednesday 26th March 2014
All are welcome to come
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Borrowdale Road (B5289) will be CLOSED to ALL vehicular traffic from Monday morning (10th February) this is due to further subsidence/undercutting by water on the stretch that has been traffic light controlled at the bottom of Ashness Road End. There will be access for pedestrians and cyclists.
We have been assured by Highways that they will endeavour to keep this closure down to a minimum but they have to make the road safe. The closure order that is being put in place will apply until the end of March.
The official diversion route will be via Honister as the Catbells road is off a lesser category and can't be used as an official diversion. They have upgraded Honister in terms of gritting priority so that it will be gritted as a priority if we experience bad weather
Many neighbouring village halls have been refurbished and are thriving. They help keep a community together and we want the same to happen in Borrowdale. We are looking into how we can do this and we would really welcome any type of help you can give - its your hall! Please get in touch with a councillor, or through our contacts page.
What do we do?
We represent the views of the people of Borrowdale to Allerdale Borough Council, Cumbria County Council, and the National Park Authority. Much of our business is mundane, trying to get potholes fixed and verges cut etc.
We also comment on planning applications, trying to find the right balance between allowing development and preserving the landscape and architecture of one of the most beautiful and well loved parishes in England.
Parish Councils are the lowest tier of local government. They represent the electorate of a civil parish. They must conform to strict government codes of conduct about openness, probity, record keeping etc. (They are not to be confused with Parochial Church Councils, which are part of the church of England.)
The MET Office tells us that Borrowdale is the wettest inhabited valley in Britain. So its not surprising that our County Council sometimes get tired of us telling them that the culverts are blocked and the road is flooded yet again!