Councillors Back Weymouth BID
9:06am 6th March 2013
(Updated 9:17am 6th March 2013)
Town centre businesses in Weymouth will go to the polls in May over whether the town should become a Business Improvement District.
Borough councillors have backed a business plan put forward by the steering group.
A yes vote would see a levy collected from town centre firms and used for projects to promote and improve Weymouth.
Nigel Reed Chair of Weymouth BID Steering Group said “This is excellent news and I would like to publicly thank the Council for their support both today and in providing the initial funding in February 2012 that enabled the BID to progress to this stage.”
He added “The Council will be the largest contributor to the BID, if the vote is successful, and shows a commitment to support the local economy, this added to the contributions from the local businesses in the BID area will provide annual investment in Weymouth Town of £300,000 totalling £1.5 million, based on the BID business plan, over the next five years.”
he Weymouth BID Steering Group will now step up the YES Campaign and has already organised two further, “Drop in” meetings for Levy Payers on the 14th March and 18th April 2013 at the Wetherspoons William Henry Pub Weymouth between 3.30 – 6 pm and will have a stand at the Best of Dorset Event at Weymouth Pavilion on 24th March.
Barrie Huett Vice Chair of the Steering Group added “These “Drop In” open meetings allow Levy Payers a further opportunity to discuss the BID, the projects, how they will be delivered and provides a further opportunity to highlight any concerns or issues they may have.”
The BID postal ballot will take place between 4th – 31st May 2013