Temple Sowerby Parish Council:

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, Parish Council meetings for the foreseeable future will be held virtually using Zoom conferencing. Parishioners may observe the meeting via video or telephone dial in.

Details of the meeting will be posted with the agenda. The next parish council meeting will be held on Tuesday 12th January 20121 at 7pm.

At present this is a VIRTUAL meeting. If circumstances change and we are able to hold a full meeting, details will be posted with the agenda

We currently have a vacancy for a councillor on Temple Sowerby Parish Council. Should you be interested in applying for the vacancy or would like any further information about the role, please contact the Parish Clerk, Mrs Caroline Fancott-Beynon.

Parish Council:

Parish Clerk

Caroline Fancott-Beynon  clerk@templesowerby.org.uk

Address for correspondence: Green Head Barn, Great Asby, Appleby, CA16 6EX

Telephone: 07842585612 or 017683 53544

Parish Councillors

Kevin Overs (Chair) 07768 858515

Phil Farrell pfarrell2010@live.co.uk

Andi Sambrook sambrook@talk21.com

Caryl Prior Varty (Vice Chair) 07740 422310

A Parish Council is a statutory body and the first tier of local government, making decisions itself, but also representing local people at other levels.  It is the level of Council closest to the community, with Eden District and then Cumbria County Councils being above it in hierarchy. The Council has the power to raise money through taxation, called the precept, which forms a part of the Council Tax.

Parish Councillors are local people who are either elected or co-opted to the Parish Council. They volunteer and give their time freely because they seek to make a positive contribution to their community. Temple Sowerby has five Parish Councillors.

The Parish Clerk is an employee of the Parish Council and is responsible for managing the Council’s business, providing advice and implementing decisions.

Meetings are held every two months in the Victory Hall, which the people who live and work in the Parish are encouraged to attend. There are other meetings that are attended by the clerk and councillors as required such as on planning issues, tree management etc.

Here are some things we do

  • Give views on behalf of the community eg we are consulted on planning applications and other proposals that affect the parish.
  • Undertake projects and schemes that benefit local residents and businesses eg The Speed Indicator Device, Website, provision of parking spaces to the north of the Churchyard, management of the Village Green.
  • Work in partnership with other bodies to achieve benefits for the Parish eg with Eden District Council, Cumbria County Council, United Utilities, Natural England
  • Alert relevant authorities to problems that arise or work that needs to be undertaken eg Cumbria County Council on footpath issues
  • Help the other tiers of local government keep in touch with their local community. The District Councillor and County Councillor regularly attend our meetings.
  • Manage the three Parish Houses in the village, which also provide income to the Parish


For Councillors Register of Interests: Click here to see full details on the Eden website

Useful Information:

If you need to report new issues with roads, pavements, street lighting or traffic signals use the Highways Hotline on 0300 303 2992 or you can Report a Fault by filling in an online form here.

For information on making a planning application, as well as viewing and commenting on applications look at Eden District Council’s website here.

Conservation Area
A large part of the village falls within a Conservation area. For the map and further details: Click here.

MP: Neil Hudson (Conservative) W: www.neilhudson.org.uk   T: 017684 84114  E:neil.hudson.mp@parliament.uk

District Councillor: Henry Sawrey-Cookson (Independent Alliance)   T: 017683 61574 E:henry.sawrey-cookson@eden.gov.uk

County Councillor: David Whipp (Conservative)  T:  07795 401739  E: David.Whipp@cumbria.gov.ukEden District CouncilCumbria County Council

Also see Information Page

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We collect contact details via the web site for the purposes of providing a service to existing and potential correspondents and residents. We will never disclose personal details without the consent of the owner unless required to by law. Details are only held for as long as is necessary for Parish Council business, normally not more than 7 years.

Access to personal information
Individuals can find out if we hold any personal information by making a ‘subject access request’ under the General Data Protection Regulations. If we do hold information about you we will:
•      give you a description of it;
•      tell you why we are holding it;
•      tell you who it could be disclosed to; and
•      let you have a copy of the information in an intelligible form.
Please make any such request in writing via our email address clerk@templesowerby.org.uk or by post to Green Head Barn, Great Asby, Appleby, Cumbria, CA16 6EX. We will normally respond within 20 days.
If at any time you feel that we have failed to meet these standards then please contact our chairman or make a complaint direct to the Information Commissioner using their website www.ico.org.uk/concerns