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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

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Ulverston traders calling for 'Super Saturday' market

TRADERS are calling for a ‘Super Saturday’ market to be held every week in Ulverston.

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trial Shoppers enjoying a Super Saturday market in Ulverston in September. Inset, Ralph Spours, chairman of the town’s Chamber of Trade, and mayor Judith Pickthall MILTON HAWORTH REF: 50053090B001

The trial events – which have featured cut price car parking and street entertainment – have taken place on the first weekend of the month since September.

But members of Ulverston Chamber of Trade now say discounted parking fees would boost the economy on a permanent basis.

Chairman Ralph Spours explained reducing the cost to £1.20 all day had significantly increased the number of shoppers on Super Saturdays.

“What they have done is increased footfall in the town, there’s no doubt about that,” he told the Evening Mail.

“What the general public wants is for car parking to be less expensive to permit them to come and do their shopping in our wonderful little town of Ulverston.

“After many years of lobbying on this point we have shown that asking people to pay less to park their cars has been a terrific success.

“But Super Saturday should be every Saturday. That’s what would make the biggest difference to our economy.”

Discussions on the issue of Super Saturday markets took place at Ulverston Town Council on Monday followed by a meeting of its marketing group on Wednesday.

Members heard a team of ambassadors from Ulverston Victoria High School had surveyed 40 people in the town on one of the elected Saturdays – with 38 stating they were visiting because of the cheaper parking.

The meeting was also warned that the authority cannot continue to foot the bill for street entertainment indefinitely.

But mayor Councillor Judith Pickthall said a further six to eight dates for further Super Saturday markets were now being considered for 2014.

These are likely to be timed to coincide with planned events such as Furness Tradition.

“We set out to prove to South Lakeland District Council that lowering the price of car parking would actually bring in more money,” Cllr Pickthall added.

“Since they have taken place several businesses have been asking when the next one is as it seems to have had a positive effect on trade.

“We would hope that SLDC might consider this for every Saturday but car parking is a key factor in keeping down the rates so they may not agree to do this.”

Have your say

Catherine Thompson for Councillor!

Posted by Eyes Everywhere on 29 January 2014 at 20:50

I put in a stint on one of the Super Saturday market stalls. I finished the day with lots of admiration for those traders who endure all weathers, all year, on our cobbles. I'm glad there are plans to continue, and I'll do my bit to help it along. Did the last round bring extra shoppers into town? Well, I spoke to a few who weren't regular visitors to town, having travelled from places such as Kendal and Windermere, and one of the attractions was the cheap parking. One of the traders had travelled all the way from Leeds. I gather the 'entertainment' costs an arm and a leg, and I wonder if it's worth throwing that wide-open to anyone who reckons they have the talent to be a street entertainer.

Posted by NE ONE on 27 January 2014 at 20:08

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