Councillor Ben Berry

Ben comes from a local family who have been in the Lakes for four generations. He was born in Kendal in 1988. Educated in Windermere and Barrow, Ben made the decision not to go to University, working in various jobs in Kendal and Windermere including Booths Supermarkets. In 2010 Ben began a trainee managerial role at his family business, English Lakes Hotels having previously worked in several hotel departments including Leisure Clubs and Reservations.

In 2011, Ben Berry chose to stand for the South Lakeland District Council seat of Windermere, Applethwaite and Troubeck after receiving muted reply from his then Lib Dem Councillor after a missed bin collection. Ben was successful in taking the seat by a margin of just seven votes. Ben has held various roles in the Conservative Shadow Cabinet at SLDC and was elected as Leader of the Conservative Group in 2016.

Ben is a keen fundraiser having raised thousands for charity with events such as the Low Wood No Wood Cardboard Boat Race and the 595 Bus Pull. Not limited to charitable fundraising Ben raises significant amounts for the Conservative party with events and an annual Cumbria Conservative Conference.

Ben's Contact details: 

Mobile: 07881388042

Low Wood Bay Hotel, Ambleside Road, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 1LP. 

For more information, visit Ben's Website or Facebook page, or follow him on Twitter @cllrbenberry.


Council pushes ahead with closure of New Road car park despite appeal

A meeting of the South Lakeland District Council Overview & Scrutiny Committee has today (Friday 15 September) rejected a proposal from Conservative Councillors to refer decisions regarding the future of the New Road Car Park for further scrutiny by the Full Council of SLDC and proper consult

Windermere Ferry service causing drop in numbers for local tourist attraction

County Councillors have reacted with dismay to reports that ticketing on the Windermere Ferry is continuing to be a huge cause for concern for residents and visitors, leading to delays and tailbacks during peak periods and having a major knock-on effect for local businesses and tourist attraction

Calls for Councillor pay increase met with opposition 

South Lakeland District Councillors have voted themselves an early Christmas present approving a 1% pay increase. The rise was approved by the Lib Dem-run council at meeting of the full Council last night (Thursday 15 December)