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Tuesday, 07 July 2015

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Parking price cut plan to boost Ulverston weekend trade

A TRIAL to boost an ailing weekend market will see visitors treated to cut price parking.

The success of the recent 20p parking trial in Ulverston has prompted town hall bosses to agree to a new experiment to boost the Saturday market.

The so-called ‘Super Saturday’ market will see the cost of parking across the town slashed to £1.20 for the whole day.

The town council has reached an agreement with South Lakeland District Council, which runs the car parks, on the back of the success of the Stockbridge Lane parking scheme.

Mayor of Ulverston Judy Pickthall said: “This is great news for the town. We have been working on this for several months and we are delighted that SLDC is supporting us with the special rate for car parking.”

Free family entertainment will also be put on for the bumper market days in the hope of boosting trade.

The changes will affect one market a month over a four-month period.

Councillor Giles Archibald, SLDC portfolio holder for town centres, said: “To hold special markets is a wonderful idea. I am very impressed by this project and the residents of Ulverston have reason to be grateful to Ulverston Town Council and the Community Partnership for making the arrangements.

“SLDC is delighted to be able to support the initiative by offering car parking at specially reduced rates for the four days of these Super Saturday Markets. I hope everyone in Ulverston and vicinity is able to get into town to enjoy the markets.”

Figures from the Stockbridge Lane trial, launched last year, show increased takings at the car park in spite of the heavily reduced price. The Super Saturday markets will be held on the first Saturday of the month, from September until December.

The town council has said it hopes the trial will prove a success and encourage more people to visit the town’s market.

A decision on whether the scheme continues into next year will rest with SLDC.

Anyone interested in booking a pitch for one of the Super Saturday market days can call the market manager on 01229 582183.

Have your say

Here's an idea... no charge to stallholders for 3 months to fill the Town with Stalls...
Move that great meat wagon from being the first thing everyone sees blocking New Market St...


Posted by H Hicks on 9 August 2013 at 15:35

Now tell the half wits that run Barrow to do the same.

Posted by Anon on 1 August 2013 at 19:01

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