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Tuesday, 21 April 2015

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Ulverston - ‘Let people take control of assets’

ALMOST 1,000 people in Ulverston have responded to a survey on whether the town’s assets should be run by local people.

A total of 91 per cent are in favour of the Coronation Hall, Market Hall, street market and car parks being transferred to a new community trust and run for the benefit of the town.

The response was described as “phenomenal” by town council clerk Jayne Kendall.

“It’s just such an incredible response from people of all ages,” she told the Evening Mail.

“I’ve never known anything like it.

“What this shows is that this issue is really cut and dry for people – the clear majority want control of these assets returned back to Ulverston.

“It’s phenomenal.”

The survey was published on the Ulverston Town Council website while representatives of the authority visited a range of local organisations including Ulverston Traders Association, Ulverston Business Alliance and the Friends of the Coronation Hall, as well as schools and luncheon clubs, to highlight the issue.

Leaders at GSK and Siemens also encouraged their employees to take part, complete the questionnaire and have their say.

Mrs Kendall added: “Everything is linked to the economy of the town.

“We want Ulverston to become a beacon of localism and this is clearly what residents here want too.”

Discussions with South Lakeland District Council over a potential future transfer of assets are ongoing.

If the move went ahead, a social investment board would be set up to oversee and run the buildings with any surplus funds being reinvested back into the town.

Town and district Councillor Janette Jenkinson said the strength of the response was testament to the character and support of Ulverston’s residents.

She said: “I believe this shows the Coronation Hall especially has a place right at the heart of Ulverston and that this bodes well for it in the future.

“What we have to ensure, however, is that any asset transfers that take place are sustainable.”

Cllr Jenkinson added she was hopeful that this could be achieved.

Have your say

Surely it would have been better if everyone had been able to answer the survey. Not everyone has a computer or access to one or goes on the Council website even if they do have one. If it's going to affect Ulverston we should all have a chance to give our views.

Posted by Helen on 26 February 2014 at 14:10

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