The Westmorland GazetteKendal businesses ponder payments for town improvements (From The Westmorland Gazette)

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  • "Let me introduce myself. I am the "consultant" meeting businesses in Kendal. I have now visited over 400 of them so many will have met me and shared their concerns and aspirations with me.

    I am determined to prepare a proposal written from the perspective of the town's businesses and I want to involve as many of the town's businesses and organisations as possible in this important work.

    Come and have your say at:
    Riverside Hotel 21 Nov 12-1pm
    Shakespeare Centre 29 Nov 6-7pm
    Riverside Hotel 5 Dec 6-7pm

    These are open meetings so please consider what a BID could mean for Kendal and have your say!"
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Kendal businesses ponder payments for town improvements

A CONSULTANT has started a debate in Kendal regarding whether the town should become a Business Improvement District.

Councillors expect Chris Kolek to spend around 12 months discussing the concept — where each local firm pays one per cent of its rateable value to fund independent town enhancements.

A vote on the BID proposal is expected to take place next September and, if more than half the local businesses vote ‘yes’, the funds will be collected from each business in the town.

Mr Kolek has visited 250 companies in Kendal so far to answer questions about the scheme, which was turned down in Windermere and Bowness last year and is currently being debated for Penrith.A website at www.kendalbid.co.uk has been created to communicate with and inform the town.

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