|South Lakeland District|
Shown within Cumbria
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Region||North West England|
|Historic county||Lancashire (part)
|• Type||South Lakeland District Council|
|• Leadership:||Leader & Cabinet|
|• Executive:||Liberal Democrat|
|• MPs:||Tim Farron, John Woodcock|
|• Total||592 sq mi (1,534 km2)|
|Population (2011 est.)|
|• Rank||Ranked 224th|
|• Density||180/sq mi (68/km2)|
|Time zone||Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+0)|
|• Summer (DST)||British Summer Time (UTC+1)|
|ONS code||16UG (ONS)
|Ethnicity||94.4% White British
2.9% White Other
0.9% South Asian
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.
Elections to the district council are 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 since winning a majority at the 2006 election the Liberal Democrats have controlled the council. As of the 2012 election the council is composed of the following councillors:-
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.
- "England council elections". BBC News Online. Retrieved 14 August 2011.
- "South Lakeland Council fined £120,000 over bin lorry deaths". BBC News. 16 February 2015. Retrieved 7 March 2015.