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Election Briefings

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Allerdale Borough Council has organised a number of briefings where they will talk through the plan and process for the coming elections, including:
  • qualifications/disqualifications for nomination
  • the election timetable
  • the nomination process
  • postal vote opening
  • plans for the count
There will be packs available containing generic nomination forms for the parish council elections along with personalised nomination forms for each of the 23 new Allerdale wards. The packs will also contain relevant guidance and a copy of the election timetable. Candidates and agents will be able to book an appointment on the night for checking and submission of completed nomination forms, and they will be handing out register request forms so that they can ensure candidates receive the relevant register as soon as possible.

They will also discuss the Allerdale boundary changes and the parish community governance reviews and how this affects the wards, polling districts and polling stations.

The Democratic Services team will discuss the role, duties and responsibilities of a councillor and the type of training and induction that Allerdale councillors will be offered.  

They are encouraging all parish council clerks and potential parish candidates to attend these briefings along with Allerdale council candidates, election agents and political parties.

Because of restrictions on numbers at each of the venues They need to know how many people are planning to attend the sessions. Anyone planning to attend is asked to email, or ring the team on 01900 702550 to let them know which session they wish to attend.  

Monday 11 February 2019, 6pm at the Market Hall, Wigton

Tuesday 12 February 2019, 6pm at Allerdale House, Workington

Wednesday 13 February 2019, 6pm at the Quaker Meeting Rooms, Elliot Park, Keswick

Monday 25 February 6pm at Cockermouth Town Hall

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Silloth Civic Service 2018

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It is a tradition that the Mayor of Silloth-on-Solway has a Civic Service at Christ Church, Silloth.  Overlooking Silloth Green, the church is a significant landmark and is an important part of the community it serves.

On Sunday 14 October 2018, Councillor Tony Markley, Mayor of Silloth held his Civic Service at 11.00am, with guests arriving from 10.45am.  Guests included mayors from neighbouring local authorities and towns, civic dignitaries and representatives from groups and organisations in the town.

The service was led by the Canon Bryan Rothwell, Team Rector of the Solway Plain Team Ministry.  Councillor Markley welcomed everyone to Silloth and reminded everyone that the “sun always shines on the righteous” which was particularly apt on what was a beautiful sunny day.  There were readings by Sue Hayman MP and Councillor Tony Markley.  The Silloth Male Voice Choir also sang during the service who were excellent.  Refreshments after the service were provided by the ladies from the church and enjoyed by all.

Cllr. Markley said “After speaking to everyone afterwards, everyone thought the service was excellent.  My thanks to everyone involved.”

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New Children’s Play Area on Silloth Green

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On Tuesday 16 October 2018, the new children’s play area on Silloth Green was officially opened, with Alan Smith, (Leader of Allerdale Borough Council), John Crouch (Mayor of Allerdale), Tony Markley (Mayor of Silloth), Bill Jefferson (Allerdale & Town Councillor), Anthony Reid (Chair of Friends of Silloth Green & Town Councillor) and various local residents, visitors and children in attendance.

Councillor Anthony Reid said “Being one of the founding reasons for me joining Silloth Town Council, after talking with numerous members of both the community and visitors to Silloth, I decided I would set in motion the foundations for building a toddler play area located near the splash park, as I believed this was one amenity the town was, in need of.  Spurred on by the extremely positive backing of both the Town Council and residents alike, myself with a lot of help from Town Clerk Wendy Jameson carried out plenty of research, and plans were drawn up for the fantastic design we now have.  I am extremely pleased with the final outcome and even more so, after seeing the young children braving the adverse weather to play on the new Play area today.  I can’t thank enough the residents of the town for their ongoing support and patience during the process, as well as all those involved.  I would especially like to extend my gratitude to both Councillors Bill Jefferson and Alan Smith for their role in helping propel the project over the final hurdle to the completed asset we now have on the Green which I’m sure will bring much pleasure to both the young children of Silloth and visitors to this beautiful little town.”

The main feature of the new Silloth Green Play Area is the custom-built ship which has been specially designed to offer many inclusive features and is classified as DDA accessible. The open layout of the ship lends itself well to allowing children of all capabilities to join in imaginative games both inside and outside the ship which is vitally important to provide an inclusive play environment for all children. Play activities on the lower and upper deck allows everyone to play together. The manipulative and interactive components like e.g. the binoculars, ships wheels, music and play panels will ensure endless hours of creative and imaginative play which support children’s social/emotional and cognitive/creative development.

The new play area was provided by Kompan UK Ltd, as it was agreed their design was the best option in terms of play value, the quality of the equipment and the guarantee provided.  The project was funded with a Community Grant of £1,000 from Cumbria County Council and £2,000 from Silloth Rotary Club, with funding of £7,000 from the Town Council.  Additional funding of £30,000 was provided by Allerdale Borough Council which was a great bonus and enabled the project to be completed sooner than anticipated.

Councillor Bill Jefferson said “We hope the new play area will become another firm favourite on Silloth Green and provide hours of enjoyment for many years to come. I am delighted with the result and the Pirate Ship is a worthy enhancement to the magic of Silloth Green.”


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Official opening of new 0-5 year olds Play Area

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The official opening of the new 0-5 year olds play area on Silloth Green, next to the Water Splash Park will take place tomorrow afternoon at 3.30pm i.e. Tuesday 16 October.  Pop along with your kids and grand kids.  We’ll be pleased to see you there! ???

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Opening of new play area

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The Town Council are currently awaiting the final safety inspection for the new play area on Silloth Green. Once the inspection has been carried out and the report received, the date for the opening will be advertised.

It would be helpful if any questions for the Council were sent to the Town Council direct.

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Vacancy on the Council to be filled by co-option

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A casual vacancy has arisen on Silloth-on-Solway Town Council.  Written confirmation has been received from Allerdale Borough Council that no election has been called and the position will now be filled by co-option.

If you are interested in becoming a Town Councillor on Silloth-on-Solway Town Council please contact Wendy Jameson, Town Clerk by email:, telephone: 0777 5686857 or at the following address:  5 Burnswark Terrace, Solway Street, Silloth, Cumbria, CA7 4EF.

Applicants for co-option are requested to:  a) Submit information about themselves, by way of completing a short application form (a copy of the application form is below) and b) confirm their eligibility for the position of Councillor within the statutory rules (a copy of the Declaration of Eligibility is below).

Councillor Co-option Application Form

Declaration of Eligibility

Copies of the applicant’s application form will be circulated to all Councillors by the Clerk at least seven days prior to the meeting of the Full Council, when the Co-option will be considered.  All such documents will be treated by the Clerk and all Councillors as Strictly Private and Confidential.

The closing date to return the Application Form and Declaration is Friday 26 October 2018.


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40 flags in 40 places

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After receiving a request from Cumbria Pride, Silloth-on-Solway Town Council are helping celebrate 40 years of the pride flag, by raising a flag on Silloth Green, along with 40 or more other towns, villages, businesses and organisations in Cumbria, to show support for Cumbria’s diverse community and help promote unity and acceptance.

The 40 flags in 40 places will be on display during the week before the Cumbria Pride event which will take place in Carlisle on Saturday 29th September 2018.  The locations of all the flags will be put onto a map on their website and social media networks.  So feel free to tag and share.  For more information about Cumbria Pride and their upcoming events check out their website at

Silloth-on-Solway Town Council aims to create a culture that respects and values each others’ differences, that promotes dignity, equality and diversity.  We aim to remove barriers, bias or discrimination that prevent individuals or groups from realising their potential and contributing fully to the community to develop a culture that positively values diversity.


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