Reorganisation 2021-23

Local Government Reorganisation

In October 2020 the UK Government conducted a consultation into local government reorganisation in three areas of England, including Cumbria.

The current local authorities were each invited to present their proposals.  This  resulted in 4 different submissions, 3 from groups of district authorities plus one from Cumbria County Council.

On 21 July 2021 the then Secretary of State for Local Government made a Statement to the House outlining the chosen solution.  In essence both Cumbria County Council and the six District Councils are to be abolished, to be replaced by two Unitary Councils: Cumberland and Westmorland & Furness.

Westmorland & Furness

The ‘Westmorland & Furness’ unitary authority will encompass the current district councils: Eden, South Lakeland, and Barrow.  The intention is that this new body will be fully operational by 1 April 2023.

Meanwhile, elections to the new council were held in May 2022.

Election results summary
 Party Seats
Conservative Party 11
Green Party 1
Independent 2
Labour Party 15
Liberal Democrats 36
Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition 0

For one year (until April 2023) the ‘Shadow Authority’ that will oversee the planning and preparation for the new unitary council, followed by four years on the new Westmorland and Furness Council.

Further details of the new authority may be found on their website: ‘Shadow Authority for Westmorland & Furness‘.

Contact ATG

Please feel free to contact the Group Officers, as follows:

Chair – Dave Freak

Secretary – Keith Cooper

Treasurer – Louise Reeve

Donations to ATG

If you would like to support the work of the Tree Group by making a donation to help cover the costs of essential tree guards or the purchase of trees for planting, that would be very much appreciated.

Account details are:
Account Name: Asby Tree Group
Sort code: 20-55-41
Account number : 50979708

ATG Activities

We will be working with local landowners to identify small areas of land that can be used to plant trees or hedges. Occasional requests will go out to members, seeking volunteers to survey areas of land to assess the age and health of trees and to identify possible planting areas, as well as to take part in planting trees and hedges. These activities will normally be scheduled to last for no more than three hours.

The Tree Group has insurance to cover members carrying out these activities.

ATG Membership

A membership form can be downloaded here,
or obtained from the Secretary:
Keith Cooper

There is currently no membership fee.

COVID Policy (Feb.2022)

Unfortunately Covid-19 has not gone away, and we still want everyone to feel safe whilst being able to enjoy the film.

  • We use ‘cabaret-style’ seating around suitably spaced tables.
  • We recommend that you continue to wear a face covering when moving around the village hall, though this may be removed whilst you are seated.
  • It would also be appreciated if you could complete an antigen (lateral flow) test before attending.  (We are more than happy to refund your ticket should your test unfortunately prove positive.)

Opening Hours Xmas 2021

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