The Howgate Distington Partnership meets every two months. It has been responsible for several initiatives to meet its communities' priorities including:
- a 'lengthsman' service to the four parishes to tidy, improve and maintain untidy areas
- addressing concerns around the area's roads.
In the early part of 2001, a steering group was formed from members of the three parishes who make up the old county council division of Howgate. The parishes are Lowca Moresby and Parton. They worked with Voluntary Action Cumbria now known as Action with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) under the Countryside Agency Vital Villages programme and received grant aid from that body. The result was the Howgate Ward Plan published in 2003.
In 2004, the Parish Council at Distington took a decision to produce what they described as a Development and Action Plan. A group was formed which met on a monthly basis through 2004. In addition to parish councillors, the local Vicar, the head teacher of the Distington Community School and the leader of the club for young people in Distington were members of the group. In 2005 they published this plan to cover the period 2005 to 2010. They were assisted by ACT and grant aid was obtained from the Vital Villages fund.
Both documents can be viewed and downloaded from the ACT website (http://www.cumbriaaction.org.uk/) following the links to Community Plans. The plan can also be downloaded from the links below.