Penrith Town Council

IMG15188_Petition_Rory_smThe great question for Penrith, is: what kind of a town do we want this to be? How do we balance what we love – our traditional shops, high streets and squares, our landscape – with growth and the pressures of housing and employment? How do we ensure our market town remains somewhere both wonderful and distinctive?

I am proud to work with a great local team of councillors for the town; but the real key to Penrith’s future is community: tapping local ideas, energy and imagination. I believe one of the most powerful ways of doing this would be through a directly-elected mayor and a local town council, and I feel it would be best if it was non-party political.

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Local MP, Rory Stewart, has expressed his delight after Penrith residents have voted by a margin of two to one for the setup of their own local town council. The Penrith and the Border MP, who has campaigned strongly for greater localism, especially within his role as the Chair of the APPG for Local Democracy, […]


rory praises successful penrith ‘bid’ campaign

Rory has this week welcomed the almost unanimous vote by local businesses to set up a Business Improvement District (BID) in Penrith, praising all involved in the campaign for their hard work and commitment. The BID proposal had been months in preparation prior to the voting period which took place over November. It involved the […]

directly elected mayors

At a packed reception at the Conservative Party Conference last week, Rory hailed the work of communities in his constituency and called more powers to be devolved to local levels. He was joined by Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society, and Greg Clark MP, Minister for Decentralisation. In the audience were a number of […]