Colton Parish Council

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Colton Parish is an area of some 20 sq miles between Windermere and Coniston Water in the southern part of the Lake District.
There is no main settlement in the Parish - it is a collection of small villages, hamlets and farms across 3 valleys: Coniston Water and the Crake Valley in the west, the Rusland Valley in the middle and Windermere and the Leven Valley to the east. Click on the thumbnail image, left, for a map.  The photograph above (copyright, Teresa Morris) is taken from Rusland Heights (just west of High Dam) looking over the Rusland Valley to Bethecar Moor, Grizedale and the Coniston Fells in the background.

See also the  Rusland Valley Community Website  for local information.                                     COLTON COMMUNITY PLAN 2015


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Headings in Orange represent changes made in the last fortnight.     Last website update: 11th June

Latest Information :

RUSLAND HORIZONS PROGRAMME: Launch event. Sunday 26th June
, 10-4, Stott Park Bobbin Mill.

Click on image left and see for more details.

Local Government Boundary Commission: Electoral Review of South Lakeland:

Draft recommendations for comment, by 18th July. (click on image left for details)





FLOODING Information:
  • SLDC:  Flood relief information and grant application form for householders
  • Urgent appeal for landlords and property-owners to help flood victims: SLDC say “We have around 80 households currently in need of accommodation, with the primary need being for accommodation that can be made available for up to six months whilst unfit properties are being cleaned-up and repaired.  If anyone can help they are asked to contact SLDC’s Housing Option Team on 01539 793199 or email "
  • Flood Impact Survey for businesses - from SLDC  - They say: "The survey is to provide data in order to claim government funding - SLDC need as many businesses as possible to complete to help backup our case."  So please complete the survey (Word version - or online version) if your business was affected by last weekend's (4th/5th Dec) Storm Desmond.
  • Broadband Update:  The good news is that Phase 1 of the Super-fast Broadband (SFBB) 'Connecting Cumbria' initiative will deliver to the southern parts of the Parish (Finsthwaite, Lakeside, Bouth, Spark Bridge), but the bad news is that the central and north areas will not see any benefit. However, following a presentation from Mike Postle (our Broadband Champion),  the Parish Council resolved that, for Phase 2, the focus should be on working closely with Connecting Cumbria to provide for the central part of the Parish - the area that has the worst Broadband service* - see Mike Postle's latest blog posts at:

* the central part of the parish - those properties on the furthest reaches of the 861 (Greenodd) exchange (Oxen Park, Bandrake Head, Longmire, Colton hamlet north)- suffer constant breakdowns and speeds as low as 0.3mb/sec (slower than dial-up )

  • Hawkshead Surgery - update: possible merger with Ambleside practice.
    Read the Report from the Public
    Meeting on the 16th Sept, 7.30pm in the Hawkshead Market Hall.

Fuel Purchasing Groups in Colton - click on the following links for information:


The 'Connecting Cumbria' project is rolling out across Cumbria. Colton Parish is expected to get 70% of properties connected to Superfast Broadband (24+Mbps). We may get more properties connected if they are registered business addresses.  To help with this, the Parish Council is developing a business register (see link below). This alphabetical list of business names started life from publicly available information on the internet and shows businesses that are said to be based in Colton Parish. If you would like to add details of your business (e.g. by giving contact information, type of services etc) so that they can be seen by local residents, then please send these details to the Clerk at If you would like the name of your business removed from the list, please contact the Clerk. For the latest information on the Broadband Campaign, go to  Mike Postle's blog at

Colton Business Register (PDF)


If you need further information, please email the Clerk, Mandy Lane.





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