Ulverston Town Council
The town council has 18 volunteer, unpaid councillors. Some of the councillors are also South Lakeland District and Cumbria County Council Councillors. The town council looks after Sir John Barrow’s Monument on Hoad Hill which is opened by volunteer lighthouse keepers, and it leases Sir John Barrow’s cottage at Dragley Beck to Greenlance Archeology who open it to the public. It manages 300 allotments at 7 sites throughout the town, together with a public toilet situated at The Gill, bus shelters and ‘squirrel’ benches, christmas lighting and town dressing, green spaces at Gill Banks and Little Hoad and also the Laurel and Hardy statue. It has a programme of grants for community groups. The town is twinned with Albert in Northern France and has an active twinning association and has partnered as a friendship town with Harlem in Georgia, birthplace of Oliver Hardy. It provides grants to community groups and supports local businesses through the shop front improvement grant. It works in partnership with SLDC and CCC to ensure projects happen. It works with the Ulverston BID in to market the town and the area.
WHAT IS A BID?
A business improvement district (BID) is a defined area, whose businesses pay an additional amount (or levy) on top of their business rates, which is used to fund projects within the district’s boundaries. BIDs can also draw on other public and private funding streams.
BIDs can also provide a range of additional services to the town enhancing the local and business community meeting the objectives as defined in the Business Plan. These are services that are in addition to what the local councils provide.
There are more than a 200 business improvement districts (BIDs) in the UK, and Ulverston BID was first established in April 2015, after a vote among businesses in the BID zone, and again There will be an opportunity to vote in 2020 where another 5 years of improvement can begin.