Dorchester will remain a Business Improvement District
2:02pm 1st July 2013
(Updated 8:47am 2nd July 2013)
Big news for businesses in Dorchester, the town will stay as a Business Improvement District after getting the YES vote today (1st July).
It was supported by 60% of the votes in the ballot of local businesses.
Wessex FM spoke to Phil Gordon, the project leader, who told us the figures, "60% by the number of votes, and 74% by the rateable value, which is quite good, and the turnout was 57% which again, when you compare it to people that vote in local elections and general elections, that's a very high figure. So, we're delighted."
He continued to say what this means for our county town, "We will still have the ambassadors in the car parks, it also means that the parking relative scheme will continue on, it also means that we'll be able to continue with promoting the town itself and helping by subsidising the businesses and shops in town to advertise in various different forms."
Peter Legg, Chair of the Dorchester BID says ‘After a very busy few months preparing for the ballot, we are over the moon with these positive results and very much look forward to continuing to work for the Town for the next five years. The BID will be back to business within the next few weeks and moving forward with all of the projects that have been suggested over the last eighteen months’.