What are the shopping habits of Ulverstonians? Is there really a need or demand for a superstore in town? We would like to find out.
One of the key claims the Robinsons developers are making to support their case for a superstore on the brewery site is that around 70% of Ulverston’s potential convenience food spending goes to Barrow and other parts of the region. They claim that a superstore in town would mean that much of this spending would be ‘clawed back.’
However, this figure is dubious. It is based not on a survey of Ulverstonians but on a survey of people across the entire south lakes region. The number of people surveyed is too low to be of much use and the data is now several years old. There has been no recent, thorough, independent study of the shopping habits of the people of this town which can provide a more accurate figure.
In the absence of such a study, Keep Ulverston Special is carrying out its own online survey into the shopping habits and needs of people who live in or near Ulverston. We are doing this because we think South Lakeland District Council needs more information about how people shop before it can decide whether or not to approve plans to build a supermarket on the Old Brewery site.
It would be very useful if you would take the survey and help us with this research. We have made the questions both unbiased and not too personal, to make sure the information is useful for Ulverston’s future planning. It should only take about ten minutes to answer the questions. When you have finished you will be directed back to this website.