Vitality of Penrith Consultation

Closed 14 Dec 2010

Opened 13 Dec 2010

Feedback Updated 3 Oct 2011

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Results Updated 1 Feb 2017

Over 400 people attended the Community Event held at Penrith Methodist Church on the 13 December 2010. 27 local organisation supported the Community Fair element of the day with stalls about the services they provided to local people. Special displays were provided by Penrith Cheerleaders and an ensemble from Bluebell Bookshop.

Innovative ways were used at the event to capture local people’s views; these included an ideas tree, a video booth, social media reporters from Penrith’s Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, ideas boards and workshops with the Vitality Champions. A Community Fair ; a key part of the event, prompted discussion about a wide range of community activity around Penrith and issues to do with The Big Society.

The Community Champion Colin Maughn said “we owe a debt of gratitude to these local organisations for turning up and showing such enthusiastic support for the event in the way they did. All their displays were informative thought provoking and entertaining. The bar has been set high for future similar events”. Peter Ward paid tribute to all the members of the public and to the organisers.

A wide range of projects were needed including the creation of strong pedestrian links between the supermarket developments at either end of Penrith and the town centre. There was also strong support to improve the cleanliness of Penrith. Support for a strong events programme and helping the business community to work together were also high on the list of potential projects.

The Vitality of Penrith Strategy Group met on the 7th February 2011 to examine all the evidence from the consultations and consider next steps. After very careful consideration of all the information they agreed to ask various partners to scope out a strategic approach and develop projects on four themes of

  • A Signage Strategy and Implementation Plan
  • Pre Development work on the concept of a Business Improvement District
  • Greening and Cleaning Penrith
  • Events Programme and supporting Marketing activity.

The Strategy Group are to meet again on the 7 March 2011 to review progress.



ACommunity Event was organised to help public authorities work together to deliver projects in accordance with the wishes of local people to help improve the economic well being of Penrith town centre.

Why We Are Consulting

To include people in local decision-making



  • Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender
  • Visitors / tourists / non residents
  • Parents
  • Asylum Seekers and refugees
  • Local businesses
  • Neighboring Authorities
  • Black and Minority Ethnic
  • Faith groups
  • Men
  • Council Tenants
  • Gyspy/Traveller
  • Black and minority ethnic people
  • Carers
  • Women
  • Expert stakeholders
  • Older adults
  • Councillors / MPs / MEPs
  • Patients
  • People with disabilities
  • Voluntary and community organisations
  • Trade unions
  • Stakeholder organisations
  • People with learning difficulties
  • Citizens panel
  • Students
  • All residents
  • Service users
  • Staff
  • General public
  • Children and young people
  • Non users of services
  • Scrutiny commissions / panel
  • E-panel
  • Community groups / organisations
  • Central government
  • Businesses


  • Economic Regeneration