Which Council Does What?

As well as Workington Town Council, the Town is also served by Allerdale Borough Council, which, although based in Workington, serves a much larger area - stretching up the coast beyond Port Carlisle, and inland to Wigton, Thursby, Caldbeck and Keswick, incorporating a large part of the Lake District National Park.

Workington, and Allerdale, are located in Cumbria, which has a county council, based primarily in Carlisle. The county has a population of around 500,000, and covers the whole coast from Arnside in the south to the edge of Gretna on the Scottish border. Inland the county boundary runs from the Border forests, across Hadrian's Wall and down through the North Pennines to the Yorkshire Dales. It is the third largest county in England by area and the second least densely populated. 

The three councils are responsible for different services. We have listed below the most popular council services to help you find out who you need to speak to on a particular issue.


If you aren’t sure which council you need to contact, please call us at the Town Hall on 01900 702986 (Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm) or email us and we will be happy to advise you. 



























































Workington Town Council

  • Allotments

  • Christmas lights

  • Cultural events in the town 

  • Play areas – Ashfield Road South, Brewery House, Cusack Crescent, Garnet Crescent, Harrington Marina, Newlands Lane, Siddick, Vulcan Park, Walker Road, Wordsworth View in Salterbeck. 

  • Remembrance Day

  • Town Twinning with Selm and Val de Reuil

  • Workington Nature Partnership (with Allerdale Borough Council)

  • Vulcan Park

Allerdale Borough Council

  • Business Rates

  • Car Parks

  • Council Tax

  • Dogs and Fouling

  • Electoral Services

  • Environmental Health

  • *Gypsies and Travellers (or Cumbria County Council)

  • Housing and Housing Benefit

  • Licensing

  • Noise

  • Parks and Open Spaces (except play areas and parks listed above)

  • Pest Control

  • Planning and Building Control

  • Sport and Leisure provision

  • Street Cleaning

  • Waste Collection and Recycling

  • Workington Nature Partnership (with Workington Town Council)

Cumbria County Council

  • Adult Learning

  • Blue Badges

  • Fire and Rescue

  • *Gypsies and Travellers (or Allerdale Borough Council)

  • On-Street Car Parking

  • Highways including footpaths and rights of way, gritting etc (except on A66)

  • Pavements

  • Potholes

  • School admissions

  • School Transport

  • Social Care

  • Streetlights

  • Trading Standards

  • Youth Services

*please note that enquiries relating to gypsies or travellers, could be dealt with by either Allerdale Borough Council or Cumbria County Council depending on the nature of the enquiry.  Queries may also require contact with a private landowner. 

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