Angry Exchanges At Weymouth BID AGM
10:26am 19th November 2014
There were angry exchanges between local businesses and Directors of the Weymouth BID last night.
Around 100 local firms turned up for the Business Improvement District's first AGM at the Royal Hotel on the Esplanade.
The BID takes a levy from firms in its catchment area and spends money on projects aimed at improving trading in Weymouth.
But there's been some criticism of its work so far. Protestors voted against accepting Sealife, First Buses and M&S onto the board the board last night.
Graham Bentley who owns a Gift Shop in St Mary's Street was one of them. He told us why.
"It wasn't a protest against anyone personally. It was a protest that it was forced on us and we didn't know anything about these people. The meeting was a complete waste of time."
Parvez Pavel owns three nightclubs in the town. He says the BID hasn't done anything for him yet.
"I have a night time economy and I employ 65 people. I can't see how they are going to improve my business. My business went down last year by 30% and I have not seen anything the BID has done to be good to my business."
Treasurer of Weymouth BID Tim Williams says the first year was always going to be challenging;
"One of the things we wanted to really try and get across was the transparency. That we are not hiding anything. And we are all working towards and end objective. We all need to work together to improve this town, because that's what the business improvement district is for."
"We've opened it up. We've put ourselves out there. We have put faces to names. People can come and approach us and that's what we want. If people come to us with good ideas and suggestion we will take those and work and them. We'll build on this and we will succeed."