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.


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Autumn 2015 Newsletter


Headings in Orange represent changes made in the last fortnight.       Last website update: 28th November

For information about parish councils and their role in the community, go to the 'Cumbria Association of Local Councils' webpage:

Latest Information :

  • AGENDA for Parish Council meeting, Monday 30th November, 7pm, Rusland Reading Rooms.
  • Draft Minutes of last meeting (19th October)

Click on the image below for magazine-format online viewing (it may take some time to load)
(Note: use double-arrow symbol for full screen mode, then slider bar for zoom and drag mouse for pan):

PDF version also available here (2mb)

Come to our (free) COMMUNITY PLAN LAUNCH
Friday 4th December, 7.30pm, Rusland Reading Rooms
with famous talk from our 'celebrity' Lengthsman, Archie Workman:
" My Life in the Gutter" !
                             Light Supper provided  (byo drinks)
Please book your place with Mandy Lane (Clerk) by email (or ring 01229 861408)

There will be a short presentation of the Plan for Colton Parish and an opportunity to ask questions about the Plan, its policies and actions and how these will be implemented over the next few years.

  • 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.
  • Closure of Mobile Library Service in South Lakeland.
    County say "
    Sadly, the Council has now been informed that the mobile library van's mechanical problems are beyond repair, so the difficult decision has had to be taken to withdraw the mobile service on a permanent basis. After the Bank Holiday we will be calling the regular Mobile Library van users individually, in order to offer and signpost them to alternative options which are available. "

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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