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driver of the Community Bus Service provided by the County Council to replace the Standard bus service which was withdrawn.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. 

See Also

Councillor Jim Bland

Jim Bland is the Association President and County Councillor for the Lyth Valley.  He lives at Oakridge, Underbarrow, Kendal LA8 8BL and can be contacted on 015395 68576 / 07720 740922 or at 

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 Ben Berry

District Councillor for Windermere and Leader of the Conservatives Group on SLDC. Correspondence address  Low Wood Bay Hotel, Ambleside Road, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 1LP.  Mob: 07881388042. Email:

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