Borrowdale Parish council

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 29th July

All are welcome to come

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Good news at last, we now have confirmation from BT that they WILL be installing a cabinet in Rosthwaite as well as Grange as part of the Connecting Cumbria Superfast Broadband Project. This will offer faster broadband speeds to those within Rosthwaite and should 'hopefully' offer faster speed to those further up the valley.
At the moment the go live dates for these cabinets are between April-June 2015, our clerk is continuing to liasie with BT to monitor these dates.

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.)

Borrowdale Weather

Lodore Falls in spate

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!