Infobox UK District
name = Eden District
status = District
North West England
area = Ranked 4th
adminhq = Penrith
onscode = 16UF
population = Ranked English district rank|ONS=16UF
English district population|ONS=16UF
English district density|ONS=16UF / km²
ethnicity = 99.6% White
politics = Eden District Council
leadership = Alternative - Sec.31
executive = English district control|ONS=16UF
year = 2005
It has an area of 2,156 km², making it the fourth largest district in
England. It also has the lowest population density of any English district, with a mean of just 24 persons per square kilometre.
The district council was created on
1 April 1974under the Local Government Act 1972, from the Penrith urban district, Alston with Garrigill Rural Districtand Penrith Rural District, all in Cumberland, and Appleby Municipal Borough, part of Lakes urban district and North Westmorland Rural District, all in Westmorland.
Within the district lies part of the
Lake District National Park.
The West Coast Main Railway Line runs through the district but with only one station at Penrith. Services on this line are provided by
Virgin Trains. The Northern Rail Settle-Carlisle Railwayalso goes through the district and has stations at Armathwaite, Lazonby, Langwathby, Appleby and Kirkby Stephen.
Road transport links are provided by the
M6 motorway, the A6 and the A66.
Below is a list of the wards that Eden is divided into:
*= denotes wards represented by 2 councillors; all others have 1 except for Penrith North which has 3"
*Orton with Tebay
In 2005, Eden was the only district in England and Wales estimated to still have the same White population as given in the 2001 census of 99.6%. This makes Eden one of the most homogenous districts anywhere in the country.
ports and recreation
The council is the owner of the Penrith Leisure Centre which is run by a private company under contract. The council also owns a number of playing fields and recreation grounds throughout the district most notably the sports pitches at Frenchfield on the outskirts of Penrith.
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