Eden and Carlisle submit Local Government Reorganisation proposal

Eden District Council, in partnership with Carlisle City Council, has formerly responded to the Government’s invitation to all Councils in Cumbria to submit proposals for creating unitary authorities in the county.

Eden, Carlisle, Allerdale and Copeland Councils all share the view that the best outcomes for the people of Cumbria would be delivered through establishing two new Unitary Authorities and a Mayoral Combined Authority. Eden and Carlisle’s preferred option is to form two new authorities on the footprint of the existing Eden, Carlisle and Allerdale Councils in the North and Copeland, Barrow and South Lakeland Councils in the South.

Eden and Carlisle’s submission to the Government sets out how this proposed Unitary Authority model, along with a Cumbrian Mayoralty, will improve local government and service delivery, whilst giving greater value for money and providing stronger strategic and local leadership.

Eden District Council Leader, Cllr. Virginia Taylor, said: “As Leader of Eden District Council in this historic moment, I must do all I can to ensure that Eden under any new unitary and mayoral authority has a more prosperous, efficient, and sustainable future than is possible under existing administrations.

"We need a ‘levelling up’ of investment and growth opportunities for Eden, and for the other rural areas in the new authority too, so we can improve our economy, health outcomes, skills, and address population decline and housing affordability.

"We can connect communities better, improve life chances for all, and especially create opportunities for young people which equal or surpass those in other parts of the country.

"We in Eden are resilient and resourceful – we’ve coped with floods, snow, foot and mouth and global pandemic - and with the investment we’re promised with devolution and the mayoral system, we can pioneer the construction of new rural economies and, reanimate our remote small settlements with place-based businesses."

Dr Neil Hudson, MP for Penrith and The Border, has lent his support to the new system of Local Government proposed by Eden and Carlisle, saying: “If we are moving to a new model of Local Government in Cumbria as is increasingly likely, I’m pleased that Carlisle City Council has joined Eden in supporting the proposal of two Unitaries, north and south.

"I believe this model of Local Government offers the opportunity to fully realise the potential of our area as well as addressing some of its key challenges. Eden, Carlisle and Allerdale are linked in so many ways, so this grouping is a sensible way forward.

"Eden looks to the City of Carlisle, its northern neighbour, for specialist healthcare, shopping, some specialist education, and increasingly cooperation over services. Closer links between Allerdale and Eden will also develop opportunities in connectivity, supply chains, and developing Agritech."

Eden and Carlisle’s full proposal was submitted to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, The Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, on Wednesday 9 December.

The Government will now review all the proposals made by Cumbria’s local authorities before beginning consultation with communities in the county over its preferred options in early 2021.

Cumbria local government reorganisation case for change (PDF 4Mb / 86 pages).

Proposal for a Single Tier of Local Government in Cumbria – Full Proposal from Eden District Council letter (PDF 565Kb / 3 pages).