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Elections & Vacancies 2019

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Who is eligible to vote?

To vote in a general election you must be registered to vote and 18 or above on polling day.

You must be a British citizen, a citizen of the Republic of Ireland, or a Commonwealth citizen who meets certain eligibility criteria. You must live in the UK, or be a British citizen abroad who has been registered to vote in the last 15 years.

How do I register to vote?

It takes about five minutes to register on the government’s website, or you can register by post. You will need your National Insurance number, date of birth and address.

Students can vote using their university or home address. It is legal to be registered in two areas, but a criminal offence to vote in both.

People who are away for work or a holiday on election day can vote by post or proxy, which means nominating someone to cast a ballot for you. Your proxy must be a registered voter over the age of 18.


Penrith is split into six wards and there are 15 Councillors.

Scheduled elections took place on Thursday 2nd May 2019, with the following results:

For Contested results click on the following link:

For uncontested wards click on the following link:

The names of wards and councillor representations are as follows:

Name of Ward Number of Councillors Who
Penrith North 4 Cllr. Paul Donald

Cllr. Scott Jackson

Cllr. Ron Kenyon

Cllr. Mike Shepherd



Penrith South 2 Cllr. Roger Burgin

Cllr. Margaret Clark


Penrith East 3 Cllr. Nicola Hawkins

Cllr. James Fallows

Cllr. Charlie Shepherd


Penrith West 3 Cllr. Jonathan Davies

Cllr. David Knaggs

Cllr. Hilary Snell


Penrith Pategill 1  

Cllr. Grattan Bowen


Penrith Carleton 2  

Cllr. Doug Lawson

Cllr. Stephen Clarke


Ward Maps:

If you are passionate about Penrith and

want to make a difference

become a Penrith Town Councillor


You don’t have to be interested in politics or be a member of a political group to become a town councillor.

It takes all sorts of individuals from different parts of the community, of different ages with different life experiences to become a councillor.

Think, Listen and Act Locally

As a councillor, you can become a voice for your community and affect real change.

Councillors are community leaders and represent the aspirations of the public that they serve.

Town councillors are the most local part of our democratic system and are closest to the public.

Spend Your Time Productively

The Town Council looks to blend a variety of skills and backgrounds in its members.

No special qualifications are needed and the most important thing is to have a keen interest in Penrith and be prepared to play an active part in the Council’s work.

The National Association of Local Councils has produced a short video on how to stand for an election. Please click on the following video:

Training and guidance from Council officers will be available throughout your term of office.

The Council is acutely aware that councillors are volunteers and will endeavour not to have unrealistic expectations and to manage councillors time effectively.  However, councillors are expected to attend bi monthly Full Council meetings plus regular meetings of committees to which they are members.

A candidate for a Town Council is qualified if, when nominated:

  • he or she is a British citizen, Commonwealth citizen, citizen of the Irish Republic or a citizen of another European Union State.
  • has attained 18 years of age, and
  • is either in the register of electors for Penrith or has during the whole of the preceding twelve months, occupied land as owner or tenant, had a principal place of work there, or resided in or within 4.8 kilometres or 3 miles of it.

You cannot stand for election if you:

  • are the subject of a bankruptcy restriction order or interim order.
  • have, within 5 years before the day of the election, been convicted in the UK of any offence and have had a prison sentence (whether suspended or not) for a period of over 3 months without the option of a fine.
  • work for the council you want to become a councillor for.


Have a look at this website which provides information on the committee structure, frequency of meetings and the activities the Council has been involved in.

If you would like to know more please contact the Town Council office on 01768 899773 and ask for the Town Clerk or Deputy Town Clerk or email:

For more information about becoming a town councillor:

Please click and download:

For further information you can contact:

Cumbria Association of Local Councils

Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters

Carleton Avenue


CA10 2FA

Phone: 01768 812663

(Samantha Bagshaw & Sonia Hutchinson)