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Second Malicious Anti BID Leaflet Targets Council

Dorchester Town Centre

7:31am 13th June 2013

West Dorset District Council's come under attack over the voting process for the Dorchester BID.

An anonymous flier has gone out to businesses in the county town who are currently being balloted to see if the BID will win a second term.

The highly critical leaflet makes claims about how many votes the District Council will have during the process.

That's due to their number of premises in the catchment area.

An investigation by Wessex FM has found the council will have 8 votes - but some of these are generated from Car Parks.

1.  Glyde Path Road - Revenues and Benefits.
2.  High West Street Offices.
3.  Wollaston Field Car Park
4.  Fairfield Road Car Parl
5.  Acland Road Car Park
6.  Trinity Street Car Park
7.  Durngate Street Car Park
8.  TIC - Antelope Walk


West Dorset District, Dorset County Council and the town Council will between them pay a levy of £15,000 if the BID gets a second term.

Single businesses will pay between £50 and £200.

West Dorset District Council Leader Robert Gould said: "The conduct of the election, and the process with which the BID proposer has to comply, is governed by national legislation. The eligibility criteria for a BID ballot and payment of the BID levy are set by the bid proposer not the district council. West Dorset District Council has eight votes because it has eight eligible properties within the proposed BID area and would be liable, if the ballot is successful, to pay a full levy on all of these properties."

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