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South Lakeland District
Official logo of South Lakeland District
Shown within Cumbria
Shown within Cumbria
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionNorth West England
Ceremonial countyCumbria
Historic countyLancashire (part)
Westmorland (part)
Yorkshire (part)
Founded1 April 1974 (1974-04-01)
Abolished31 March 2023 (2023-03-31)
Admin. HQKendal
 • TypeSouth Lakeland District Council
 • Total593 sq mi (1,535 km2)
 • Total104,676
 • Density180/sq mi (68/km2)
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
ONS code16UG (ONS)
E07000031 (GSS)

South Lakeland was a local government district in Cumbria, England, from 1974 to 2023. Its council was based in Kendal. The district covered the southern part of the Lake District region, as well as northwestern parts of the Yorkshire Dales. At the 2011 Census, the population of the district was 103,658,[1] an increase from 102,301 at the 2001 Census.[2]

The district was created on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972. It was formed from the Kendal borough, Windermere urban district, most of Lakes urban district, South Westmorland Rural District, from Westmorland, Grange and Ulverston urban districts and North Lonsdale Rural District from Lancashire, and Sedbergh Rural District from the West Riding of Yorkshire.

In April 2023, Cumbria was reorganised into two unitary authorities.[3] South Lakeland District Council was abolished and its functions were transferred to the Westmorland and Furness unitary authority.


See also: South Lakeland local elections

Elections to the district council were held in three out of every four years, with one third of the 51 seats on the council being elected at each election. No political party held a majority on the council from the first election in 1973 to 2006. However, after winning a majority at the 2006 election the Liberal Democrats controlled the council. After a set of by-elections in 2021 the council was composed of the following councillors:-[4]

Party Councillors
Liberal Democrats 33
Conservative Party 14
Labour Party 3
Green 1

The council was fined £120,000 in February 2015 after two women were killed in separate incidents by reversing rubbish lorries. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found they had failed to tackle the risks from reversing vehicles.[5]



  1. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – South Lakeland Local Authority (E07000031)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 27 March 2021.
  2. ^ UK Census (2001). "Local Area Report – South Lakeland Local Authority (E07000031)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 27 March 2021.
  3. ^ "Next steps for new unitary councils in Cumbria, North Yorkshire and Somerset". GOV.UK. Retrieved 1 January 2022.
  4. ^ "England council elections". BBC News Online. Retrieved 14 August 2011.
  5. ^ "South Lakeland Council fined £120,000 over bin lorry deaths". BBC News. 16 February 2015. Retrieved 7 March 2015.