Above Derwent Parish Council serves the communities of Braithwaite, Thornthwaite, Portinscale, Beck Wythop and the Newlands valley. There are 11 seats on the Council. The Chairman is Richard Kealey and the Council is served by the Parish Clerk, Rachael Kelly.
Parish and town councils are the lowest tier of civil administration in England and Wales. As such, they provide the tier of local government that is closest to the people. Civil parishes should not be confused with ecclesiastical parishes and their Parochial Church Councils. Parish and town councils are an essential part of local democracy and they have a wide range of powers and duties. Further information about the roles of parish councils and how to become a councillor can be found by visiting the website of the Cumbria Association of Local Councils.
Council meetings are held monthly in a number of venues around the Parish. You can see a calendar of meetings on this site and you can also download agendas and minutes.
Members of the public are welcome at Council Meetings. A time is made available shortly after the beginning of the meeting for them, at the discretion of the Chairman, to address the meeting.
Recent Council business has included a project to restore the traditional finger posts in the Parish and formulating a response to the consultation on a revised siting process for a repository for higher-activity radioactive waste undertaken by the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
Above Derwent is in the Derwent Valley ward of the Borough of Allerdale. The member is Adrian Davis-Johnston. We are part of the Bothel & Wharrels division of Cumbria County Council and the elected member is Alan Bowness.