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County council backs Kendal's Business Improvement District plans
11:52am Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
PLANS to improve the centre of Kendal by creating a Business Improvement District in the town have been backed by Cumbria County Council.
Business rate payers in the town are currently being balloted on whether they are in favour of proposals for a BID for Kendal.
Under the scheme, rate-paying businesses in Kendal would pay an annual levy to fund a range of projects and services that would benefit the town centre and help keep it competitive.
Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet today agreed to support the business-led initiative by voting in favour of a BID. The council has a number of properties in Kendal, including County Hall, Kendal library and Kendal fire station, and would expect to contribute about £5,000 a year in business rates to the BID.
Coun David Southward, CCC’s Cabinet member for Economic Development, said: “We are committed to supporting a thriving economy and competitive business sector, providing high quality job opportunities in Cumbria. Business Improvement Districts across the country are successfully helping their areas to flourish and we believe a similar scheme for Kendal could make a real difference to the town.”
The county council’s South Lakeland Local Committee provided £5,000 to support the development of a BID for Kendal and committee members agreed to back the initiative at their most recent meeting.
Coun Geoff Cook, Chair of South Lakeland Local Committee, said: “I’m really pleased that local businesses and organisations are looking to work together for the benefit of the town. Local committee members unanimously supported the BID, which is putting forward some exciting plans for Kendal, including a major marketing campaign and improvements to the appearance of the town centre.”
A ballot of eligible business rate payers is due to be completed on October 25. In order for the BID to be successful, more than 50 per cent of those voting must be in favour, both in number and by aggregate rateable value.
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