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New Ulverston group may take charge of town car parks

MORE than £300,000 a year in parking charges could directly fund community assets if a South Lakes town is successful in a bid for more independence.

Plans are in place to turn Ulverston into a “beacon of localism” which would see a community group take charge of key assets from SLDC, including managing and collecting revenue from the town’s car parks.

According to official SLDC figures, each of Ulverston’s 436 parking spaces has a nominal value of £750 a year.

If the plans go ahead, the £327,000 a year would be redirected from Kendal and instead be used to cross- subsidise the indoor and outdoor markets and the Coronation Hall.

The assets will be managed by the newly- formed Ulverston Community Enterprises – a social enterprise independent of the town and district councils.

The idea has already received the backing of SLDC leader Peter Thornton.

Councillor Thornton said: “Ulverston is a very special place and I know the people of Ulverston have some very exciting ideas about developing their town.

“We’re committed to working with them to find a way forward that enables Ulverston people to have more say and run more services in their town.

“We need to make sure that both councils meet our current financial challenges and it’s not going to be easy.

“But with goodwill on both sides I’m convinced we can find a way forward that will enable Ulverston to develop and grow in a way that retains its unique place in South Lakeland.”

A recent survey of more than 1,000 residents showed that 91 per cent of people in Ulverston are in favour of the idea.

The survey results will now be sent to the Social Investment Business along with an application for £68,000 in funding to carry out a feasibility study into the plan.

Local volunteers will be invited to apply to sit on the board of Ulverston Community Enterprises from April.

Judy Pickthall, one of three initial directors of the new company said: “The outcomes of the feasibility study will, we are sure, make sound financial sense for SLDC and for Ulverston.

“Clearly there is some way to go, but with SLDC’s continued support I think Ulverston can become a beacon of localism, with Ulverstonians taking control of their own future.”

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although i agree with Mr Nicholls comments on this matter i cannot condone the other comments made about other people that have posted on an another article on here regarding Ulverston inshore rescue night vision goggles. The derogatory comments were targeting people with mental health issues, e.g. calling people cabbages. This is not an acceptable comment. I trust the Evening mail will print this comment and give Mr Nicholls ample opportunity to respond to this.

Posted by in partial agreement on 23 April 2014 at 20:13

On this matter i am in total agreement with Mr Nicholls. How can it be independent when certain councillors are involved.
I am glad that you have been constructive with these comments unlike your comments on a previous article regarding "Ulverston Rescue Team aiming to buy rescue kit" dated the 14th February this year . I would like to think that it was a serious lapse of your judgement to put into print your views of "sad individuals" and calling people "cabbages". This was not constructive criticism in any form. It was tantamount to bullying . The person who commented on your view, who worked for "MIND" hit the nail on the head with her views of your comments. I trust this is not indicative of your usual stance where people have a difference of opinion from yourself, to bully and verbally abuse them. I hope you have the decency to respond to this criticism and hopefully apologise for the disgusting commons made by yourself to the other readers that have taken the time to reply to articles and give their views.

Posted by June Cartright on 19 April 2014 at 19:16

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