Northwich BID deadline approaches

Supporters of Northwich BID celebrate the launch of the vote.

Supporters of Northwich BID celebrate the launch of the vote.

First published in News

THE deadline is approaching for Northwich businesses to say whether they want their town to be improved.

Business owners are being asked what they think about plans to create a Business Improvement District (BID) in Northwich.

Voting papers, which have been sent to businesses across the town, have to be at the Electoral Reform Services, in London, by 5pm on June 5.

A ‘yes’ vote for Northwich BID would release £1.25million private sector led investment.

For more information visit northwichbid.co.uk.

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10:40pm Tue 27 May 14

47thmoon says...

improvement by ballot? what the hell are we employing our Council for? is this some example of business holding the tax payer to ransom?
improvement by ballot? what the hell are we employing our Council for? is this some example of business holding the tax payer to ransom? 47thmoon
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6:57pm Wed 28 May 14

nicksey says...

Quite the opposite 47thmoon. What this means is that if Northwich does become a Business Improvement District then businesses in the area will have to pay additional rates to fund it.
In essence shops in town are already paying extortionate business rates to CWAC, if this goes through those rates will increase to pay for things that should already be provided under the rates already being paid!!
As quoted on the BID website
"A Business Improvement District enables groups of businesses within a specified geographical trading environment to commission projects and services that lead to improvements in the area, funded principally through a local increase in business rates, namely a BID levy."
So more shops and local businesses could close if this goes through
Quite the opposite 47thmoon. What this means is that if Northwich does become a Business Improvement District then businesses in the area will have to pay additional rates to fund it. In essence shops in town are already paying extortionate business rates to CWAC, if this goes through those rates will increase to pay for things that should already be provided under the rates already being paid!! As quoted on the BID website "A Business Improvement District enables groups of businesses within a specified geographical trading environment to commission projects and services that lead to improvements in the area, funded principally through a local increase in business rates, namely a BID levy." So more shops and local businesses could close if this goes through nicksey
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