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13 July 2020 Due to an unforeseen problem with the toilet doors the Arnside Public toilets are currently closed. 

Arnside Public Toilets

Arnside Parish Council recently closed the Public Toilets on the Promenade in Arnside.  The decision arose from our concerns about the risks involved in keeping toilets clean & safe in light of COVID-19.  Whilst the toilets have been closed, the Council has taken the opportunity to carry out essential maintenance and to refurbish the facilities.

The Council is pleased to let you know that it is working in partnership with Danfo (UK) and Pearson  & Son ltd to carry out the refurbishment, which includes a change to a cashless payment system, will continue during June with the intention of re-opening the toilets in early July.

Covid-19 Testing Opportunities Around Cumbria

A range of locations are now being used around Cumbria to encourage people to access testing for Covid-19 in Cumbria.

As well as established centres in Penrith, Preston and Newcastle, there are also mobile military testing sites that rotate around Cumbria. They are part of the national testing scheme and must be booked through the national portal here https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test

The mobile military testing units spend two or three days in a community, and rotate locations to ensure access around the county.

Major Alan Goodenough is from the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment. He said: “It has been really important that we can get right around the county and we know people appreciate the opportunity to have a test close to home. We are always busy, but want to ensure more people know about the opportunities so people can access them when they need to.”

Details of how to access all testing available to people across the whole of Cumbria can be found at: https://www.northcumbriaccg.nhs.uk/covidtesting

In June the military mobile units will be at:





BAE Site, Waterside Car Park LA14 2TF

20 – 21 June


Carlisle Swift Bank Car Park, Swift Bank, Carlisle CA1 1JG


14 – 17 June

22- 23 June

29-30 June

Grange Over Sands

Public car park behind Nutwood Medical Centre, Kents Bank Road, Grange-over-Sands, LA11 7DJ

18 -19 June

26-28 June


(Millom RUFC) - Millom LA18 4GY

21-23 June


Kendal leisure centre carpark, Burton Rd, Kendal, LA9 7HX

18-21 June


Derwent Pencil Museum, Southy Works, Keswick CA12 5NG

15-17 June

Kirkby Stephen

Upper Eden RUFC Westgarth road, Kirkby Stephen CA17 4TF

18-19 June

29-30 June


Lilyhall County Council Highways Depot Parking Services, 1 Joseph Noble Rd, Workington CA14 4JX

14-17 June

24- 25 June

You can book a slot here: https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test

Essential workers can book a slot here: https://www.gov.uk/apply-coronavirus-test-essential-workers

Swabbing is an uncomfortable procedure and young children may find it upsetting Children should only be booked for swabbing if they are likely to have had contact with someone who is covid positive in the previous 14 days. Younger children with a fever may indicate other childhood illnesses, so it is advisable to refer to https://111.nhs.uk/ or call your GP surgery for guidance before booking a test.

 There is also a range of other testing activity underway. This includes:

· Locally-commissioned testing

·NHS Trust staff are able to access testing through their own organisation.

·Locally agreed arrangements to test residents and staff of Cumbrian residential or nursing homes

 Self-testing kits can be ordered online 


Please see below a joint message from Arnside Parish Council and the AONB that is displayed along Arnside Promenade as of next week. 

Please can all visitors to the village note that currently Public Conveniences are not open and manage any visit to the village accordingly.


28 April 2020

Green Bin Collection to be partially re-introduced

From next week (week commencing 4 May) the council is introducing a monthly collection of green bin waste across the district, aiming to make one collection per household each month until further notice. Link to Full Details below:

Green Bin Collection 


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  • Coronavirus 
    • see link to CCC regular newsletter 
    • Useful Government Links
    • Impact on Arnside facilities
  • Meeting dates
  • Data Protection (GDPR)


Regular News update from Cumbria County Council on COVID-19 

Please find below the link to the first edition of a regular newsletter on the impact of COVID-19 from Cumbria County Council with all the latest updated information, advice, guidance and details of useful contacts for South Lakeland.


 Useful Links - Coronarivus

Updates on COVID-19 specific to Arnside 

Arnside Parish Council Statement March 2020  The statement includes links to useful government and local websites.

Bus Service Suspended

With effect from Monday 30 March, the 552 bus service from Arnside to Kendal and the 551 bus service from Arnside to Kirkby Lonsdale has been suspended.


With immediate effect, Cumbria County Council Highways will provide only essential services to keep highways safe.  The reduced service will deal with emergencies, weather related issues, major defects already identified and Road Traffic Collisions.

Public Conveniences

Please note that as a result of the health implications of coronavirus, the Public conveniences will be closed until further notice.

Arnside Cemetery 

In light of new information and being mindful of residents' concerns, the Council has reconsidered its position regarding the Cemetery closure.  The Cemetery will be re-opened with immediate effect from the hours of approximately 10 am to 4 pm each day.

The side gate only will be open, the main gates will remain closed.

Each of us may take exercise in the fresh air once a day. A walk around the Cemetery can legitimately be part of that exercise for a family member who wishes to visit a grave alone. Please observe social distancing at all times.  Please do not use the Cemetery as a dog walking opportunity.  

 We will be monitoring the Cemetery use.

Council Meetings

The next Council meeting is on Monday 13th July and will be an online meeting.  See the Council meetings page for more details.

On 4 April 2020, the government brought The Local Authorities (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority Meetings) (England) Regulations 2020 into force to allow local authorities to conduct meetings remotely without it being necessary for any of the participants or audience to be present together in the same room.

It is the intention of Arnside Parish Council to now hold Council meetings for the foreseeable future as online meetings, using the Zoom video conferencing system. This system is simple for all participants and members of the public to access.

If you wish to take part in the next meeting as a member of the public, please contact the clerk at clerk@arnsidepc.org.uk or ring 01524 574584.  Please indicate if you wish to join by video (MAC/PC or Smartphone) or telephone only and if you have any questions to raise with the council during the public questions section of the meeting.

You will then be given meeting access details and if need be, some help with access onto Zoom. 


The Council has issued a privacy notice and policy.  Please find on the policies and document page.  A Data Protection Officer Service has also been appointed and further documents will be developed to ensure full compliance on their advice.

If you have a matter you wish to bring to the Council's attention please attend a meeting or contact the Clerk or Council Members directly.  They will be happy to arrange to meet with you if required.   Please note Highways faults will most quickly be addressed if you report them directly to Cumbria Highways.  See useful links page