Neighbourhood Forums

Copeland Neighbourhood Forums

A Neighbourhood Forum is an informal public meeting that gives local people the opportunity to meet their local county, district and parish councillors, and representatives from a variety of organisations.Forums come in all shapes and sizes because they work in ways to suit their own particular area. They hold quarterly meetings where local people can raise topics for discussion. Vital matters are reported back to Local Committees or the District Council and other public bodies so that the necessary actions can be taken.

Examples of issues raised at Forums:

  • Youth Provision / Issues
  • Community Transport
  • Highways Matters
  • Environmental Issues
  • Crime Prevention
  • Healthy Eating
  • Policing Issues
  • Health Provision

Cumbria County Council and Copeland Borough Council make grants available in your area through Neighbourhood Forums.Grants are available for voluntary, non-profit making community groups for community based projects. Your local Neighbourhood Development Officer (NDO) can help identify other local funding sources and will let you know when your application can be considered by the Neighbourhood Forum.

Examples of groups the Forums have funded include:

  • Village halls
  • Youth clubs
  • Playgroups
  • Sports clubs
  • Heritage groups
  • arts and culture groups

Application forms are available from your Neighbourhood Development Office or online at:

If you wish to know more about how the Council is working in your community, or if you have ideas and helpful suggestions please contact your local Neighbourhood Development Officer

Dave Smith 01946 855022


  • Arlecdon & FrizingtonCleator MoorGosforth & EnnerdaleMillom
  • South Whitehaven


Marilyn Pritchard 01946 855023

  • Bootle & Seascale
  • Bransty & Harbour
  • Egremont & St Bees
  • Hillcrest & Hensingham
  • Northwest Copeland

Your Forum will meet in public at least four times a year. Meetings are advertised in the local newspaper, by posters door to door and fliers distributed around the Neighbourhood Forum area on parish notice boards and other public places.

Meetings are held at different public venues across the area. You can ask to be included on the Forum mailing list to receive agendas and notes from every meeting. The website has a diary for Forum meetings across the County.

Any issue which concerns local residents can be discussed. You can ask for issues to be included on the agenda by contacting your local County Councillor or the address below.

Community Unit – Copeland Neighbourhood Development Office
Cleator Moor Council Centre
The Square
Cleator Moor
CA25 5AP
Phone: 01946 855020Fax: 01946 855027


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