Askam and Ireleth

About Askam and Ireleth Black line
Community led parish plans are local, action based plans which address a wide range of problems and opportunities facing communities. They can include social, economic and environmental issues and give everyone in the community the chance to be involved.

Askam and Ireleth’s Parish Plan was last updated in 2003 and was designed to be in place for five years from 2003 until 2008.

In 2011 the Parish Council took the decision to embark on a refresh of the Parish Plan to reflect changes which have taken place in the community and in the wider sphere of local and national government.

With the support of the Rural Projects Officer and Action with Communities members of the Parish Council have been working towards identifying priorities with residents and those who provide services to the villages.

Questionnaires were delivered by volunteers and parish councillors to all households in the Parish to find out what residents thought for example, about the adequacy of recreation and facilities, the environment including roads and street lighting and what services to the community they thought essential to retain or improve.

A Streetsafe exercise was held in the summer of 2011 working with colleagues from Cumbria Fire and Rescue, Neighbourhood Policing Team, Barrow Borough and Cumbria County Councillors, Parish Councillors, Community Watch, Trading Standards, Victim Support and Barrow Streetcare. A number of properties were visited by the teams including Duddon Road, James Street, Sandy Lane etc to talk to residents about fire safety in the home, whether they felt safe going out at night and any general issues about community safety they were concerned about.

A final session prior to writing the new Parish Plan was held in the Community Centre in September for Parish Councillors, representatives of community groups and other stakeholders to look at priorities for an action plan.

The Action Plan once agreed by Parish Councillors will be published here.