Universal says 92% of people gave positive feedback to UK theme park plans


Universal Destinations and Experiences have said that they met with thousands of people and had 6,000 responses to their survey asking local people about their plans, with 92% in support of a Universal Studios theme park in Bedford Borough.

The company recently held public events at Kimberly College and Bedford College, with close to 1,500 people attending, listening to representatives from Universal and reading about a possible Universal Studios theme park in the area.

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Now, the company has revealed that of the over 6,000 responses they received, 92% are in support of the idea, less than 4% are not supportive, and 4% don’t know.

In a letter to Bedfordians, Universal Destinations and Experiences, wrote, “Your feedback also showed that there is strong support for the economic impact a generationally transformative project of this scale could bring.

“Including investing billions of pounds and unlocking wider investment into Bedford, the surrounding area, and the UK more broadly.”

A warm Bedfordian welcome

They also highlighted the warm welcome of local people, “We are incredibly appreciative of the very warm welcome we received and have been delighted by the enthusiasm and overwhelmingly positive responses provided throughout the public engagement period.”

While the letter did not give any indication as to whether or not they will be pushing ahead with plans, they did indicate their next steps.

“As far as what’s next, our continued due diligence and stakeholder dialogues will help determine whether we can proceed with this project.

“We also remain in ongoing conversations with the relevant transport authorities and with local and national governments to ensure all the elements to support a project of this scale are in place,” said the letter.

They also addressed some of the points of concern that were raised in the feedback received.

“There were understandably some areas where you had questions or wanted reassurance.

“We heard clearly that major infrastructure investment, such as road and rail improvements, would be required to support the needs of the local community and visitors, and we agree.

“People also want us to ensure that construction would be managed carefully and considerately, something we take seriously as a company and will be a priority for us if we go ahead.”

Universal says that they’ve met with over 100 local organisations to understand how best to manage the impact their theme park plans may have.

One of those was the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), which we reported earlier today said they were satisfied that Universal would do all they could to make sure infrastructure needs were met.

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The letter can be read in full, and Bedford Independent readers can see further updates at the dedicated website, universalukproject.co.uk.