A NEW parish council is set to be created for Barrow - subject to approval from the area’s Shadow Westmorland and Furness Council - with elections taking place in May 2023.
The move is the recommendation of Barrow Borough Council’s Full Council following a formal consultation process - called a Community Governance Review - which was launched earlier this year.
The consultation found the majority of people who responded were in favour of the creation of a parish council for the area.
Once formed, Barrow Parish Council will represent the 11 unparished wards of the borough; Walney North, Walney South, Barrow Island, Hindpool, Central, Ormsgill, Parkside, Risedale, Hawcoat, Newbarns and Roosecote.
As a new statutory local authority, the parish council for Barrow will have a wide range of the
powers and functions relating to local matters. These powers can be used to help the town to
continue to develop and thrive in the future.
The move follows Local Government Reorganisation in Cumbria which will see a new unitary authority - Westmorland and Furness Council - provide all services across the area currently served by Barrow Borough Council,Cumbria County Council, South Lakeland District Council and Eden District Council from April 1, 2023.
Councillor Derek Brook, Barrow Borough Council’s lead member for community, said: “I am really pleased that Barrow’s Full Council has recommended a parish council is created for Barrow after considering the feedback provided through the consultation process.
“Parish and town councils can provide a local voice for communities and can undertake a range of roles and responsibilities for things that are important to residents.
“I think this is an exciting step for the area and will bring opportunities to the wards in question in the future.”
If approved, eachof the wards that will make up the new parish council will have two parish councillors, with the exception of Barrow Island which will have one.
The ordinary year of election will be 2023 and then every four years after.
The approval for the proposal secured by Barrow Borough Council’s Full Council will now be sent to the Shadow Westmorland and Furness Council. If the Shadow Council also approves the proposal, a Reorganisation Order will be made. This order is a legal document that will allow a parish council to be officially formed for Barrow.