Grasmere Parish Magazine  February – March 2021

Lakes Parish Council Newsletter

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Hello and welcome to another Parish Newsletter. This Newsletter is produced to inform the residents of the Parish about the work of the Parish Council over the last few months and to inform you of the role undertaken by your unpaid Parish Councillors on your behalf. The Parish Council welcome any feedback from this Newsletter and any contributions that people would like to make to the next one.

PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS

Because of the latest Lockdown, all Parish Council Meetings are in abeyance. We did manage to have hybrid meetings in 2020, and also one in the open air at White Platts in July, which was not as successful as had been hoped. It had always been assumed that White Platts was an oasis of calm in the centre of Ambleside, but unfortunately the noise from the passing traffic was quite disruptive to a Council Meeting. We were grateful to the University for a meeting in September, and in December we held our last meeting in the Council meeting room in the Library at Ambleside. This was the most successful of all, with members of the public listening in via Microsoft Teams and able to take part in the Public Participation part of the meeting. We hope we can have our next meeting in March, but obviously no one quite knows what the situation with COVID will be by then.

PARISH COUNCIL GOVERNANCE

In normal times Lakes Parish Council generally meets twice monthly. There is a main Council Meeting early in the month and a Plans Meeting a fortnight later. Sadly we have had to adapt to the current situation with the virus, taking decisions by email with emergency powers delegated to the Clerk in consultation with the Chairman and Vice Chairman. The Council must adhere to rules adopted from the National Association of Local Councils model guidance when coming to their decisions.