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 Deputy Chair Finance and Treasurer in March 2015.

John had a long and distinguished career in the building industry, including setting up his own business in 1998 until he retired in 2007. At his retirement the company had a turnover of £25m.

Throughout his working life, John was very involved with the National Federation of Building Trades Employers which subsequently became the Building Employers Confederation.

Now living in Crosthwaite, and alongside his work as a Councillor, John has much experience working within the voluntary and community sector including as Vice-Chairman of the Westmorland Damson Association, a Trustee of the Crosthwaite & Lyth Recreation Field Trust, Treasurer of the Crosthwaite Show, a Director/Trustee of the Bendrigg Trust and helping support the local church.

John's current priorities include:

  • Provision of Affordable Housing for rent (as Chairman of South Lakes Housing).

  • The creation of a Water Level Management Board to take over the running of the drainage pumps in the Lyth Valley, the provision of a children’s play facility in Witherslack and looking a assisting with the creation of a footpath & cycle way through Crosthwaite.

  • Organising the winter gritting of secondary roads (those which County do not) when conditions require it in nine parishes.

  • Co-ordination and acting as a volunteer driver of the Community Bus Service provided by the County Council to replace the Standard bus service which was withdrawn.

  • Assisting with major works at Crosthwaite CE School to reroof the major section of the School and provide a completely additional lst floor within the school to improve the teaching space to cope with increasing pupil numbers.

John can be contacted as follows:
Phone:  015395 68599
Mobile:  07766 774326



Council double down on Windermere ferry ticket machines

Cumbria County Council are purchasing another two Windermere ferry ticket machines at a cost of £10,000. The two new machines are in addition to the existing machines that are causing delays and angst among users.