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)

See Also

Councillor John Holmes

John Holmes has been a SLDC Councillor for Lyth Valley since 2010 and serves on the Planning, Licencing and Windermere Lake Committees. He was elected Treasurer in March 2015.

Councillor Bill Wearing

Bill has been involved in Town politics for many years and has just stepped down from the Town Council after 35 years having been Mayor of the Town on three occasions.  He is a County Councillor for Grange and the Deputy Chairman Political for the Association.He was born in South Cumbria and has lived and worked in the area most of his life. He comes from a local farming family. His Grandfathers and Father before him were farmers.

Councillor James Airey

James is the Leader of the Conservative Group at the County Council and represents Ulverston West. He is also the South Lakeland District Councillor for Furness Peninsula. He lives at 5 Reeds Gardens, Little Urswick, Ulverston, LA12 0US.  Contact him at or on 01229 868088 or 07881920810.  

Councillor Tom Harvey

Tom is the District Councillor for Grange South. He lives at 4 Westcliffe Gardens, Grange-over-Sands, LA11 6BT, and can be contacted on 015395 32932 or 07769 705307.  His email is

Councillor Kevin Lancaster

Kevin is the District Councillor for Sedbergh and Kirkby Lonsdale.  He also topped the poll in the recent Parish Council elections in Sedbergh. His family has been living in the area for more than 100 years, and Kevin has continued the family farming business. In his spare time Kevin is a keen local historian and is on the committee of the Sedbergh and District History Society. Kevin says that he aims to "improve the wellbeing of residents of Sedbergh and Kirkby Lonsdale". He can be contacted on 07980844695 and