What We Do

Alston Moor Parish Council is the ‘parish authority’ for Alston Moor

PARISH COUNCILS form the tier of local government closest to the communities they represent; they are the “third tier” in counties such as Cumbria which have district as well as county councils.  They have surprisingly wide discretionary powers, but very small budgets available to exercise them

ALSTON MOOR PARISH COUNCIL looks after the easternmost part of Cumbria, high in the North Pennines, bordering Northumberland and Co Durham. Its eastern situation, isolated from the main part of the county, is reflected in its inclusion in both the diocese of Newcastle, and the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Alston Market Cross

Market Cross by Simon Danby

There are two other councils that provide services to Alston Moor;

Cumbria County Council
Eden District Council

Cumbria County Council covers the whole of Cumbria. Alston Moor is its most easterly parish. Cumbria has responsibility for roads, schools and social care amongst other things.

Eden District Council is one of 6 District Councils in Cumbria and Alston Moor is on its easterly edge. Eden District Council is the planning authority. It keeps the streets clean and is responsible for refuse collection.

As a parish or town council, we have an overall responsibility for the well-being of the local community. Our work covers these main categories

  • Representing the local community.
  • Striving to improve quality of life in Alston Moor.

How does it happen?

Alston Moor Parish Council is made up of 15 Councillors, who meet regularly to make decisions on the work and direction of the Parish Clerk Staff.

Attending a council meeting is the best way to find out what we do. Check out our news stories to keep up to date with what we’re working on at the moment. You can also find out more about the council by having a look around our website and following us on social media.

What we do

  • Maintain parks & open spaces that we own.
  • Promote & support renewable energy & recycling.
  • Provide community support to groups and charities.
  • Provide community grants.
  • Lead community projects.
  • Work with other Council authorities in the area to help Keep Alston Clean.
  • Partner with local organisations to host events for the town to enjoy.
  • Work with local businesses to improve regeneration and economic growth in the town.
  • Make recommendations to the local planning authority as a voice of the people of Alston Moor.
  • Campaign for the well-being of Alston Moor residents.
  • Work towards making Alston an independent and more environmentally sustainable town.
  • Provide information to members of the public.

To find out more about what we are currently working on, have a look at our projects page.

Areas of Focus

Currently, the Council is considering their areas of focus for the coming year.

How to get in touch

We work hard to engage with residents and the local community. We want the services that we deliver to be relevant and make a difference to you and your town. We welcome your questions, views and comments! You can talk to us in a number of ways: