The parish is the basis of the first tier of local government in England. As a community with a small population, Selside does not have an elected parish council but instead a clerk whose responsibility is to convene parish meetings at least once a year. The parish meeting is open to all residents. Currently it is an unfunded meeting and does not raise a precept, and has recently begun to meet twice a year at the Memorial Hall.
The parish meeting deals with business of concern to residents including planning and highways.
The present clerk of the parish meeting is Simon Elliott. He is the point of contact with the next tiers of government, comprising the South Lakeland District Council and Cumbria County Council. Selside parish is also part of a Local Area Partnership [LAP] which links rural parishes to the north and east of Kendal.
Selside falls within SLDC’s Whinfell Ward. The SLDC councillor is Peter Thornton. The Cumbria County councillor is Stanley Collins, who represents Upper Kent. New voting provisions are to be introduced at the next local elections in 2018.
Minutes are available below for download: