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Kendal traders give green light to Business Improvement District
11:38am Monday 28th October 2013 in News
BUSINESSES in Kendal have approved plans to introduce a Business Improvement District to the town.
Seventy-two percent of the 43 per cent who voted said they were in favour of the proposals.
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.
Coun Giles Archibald, South Lakeland District Council Portfolio Holder for Town Centres and Small Business, said: "This is great news for Kendal and sends out a strong message to businesses that BIDs help them to collectively enhance trading conditions.
"It’s their money so it’s important that the business community itself decides how it is spent. I am looking forward to working with local firms to help make Kendal an even better place to do business."
Peter Hensman, Chair of Kendal Futures, which led the BID project, said: "This is absolutely fantastic news and will ensure that Kendal can enjoy an even brighter future.
"I'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who participated in the ballot resulting in a yes vote.
"I would also like to thank all people who have worked tirelessly to help make the BID become a reality. This is an exciting opportunity to have direct input into the future of our town and do something to really make a difference."
Chris Kolek, Kendal BID co-ordinator, said: "This successful vote shows the extent to which businesses in Kendal Town Centre are committed to working together to achieve the best possible outcomes.
"It will allow us to deliver the improvements the businesses of Kendal are telling us they need most. The BID will help Kendal become an even stronger force to be reckoned with.”
South Lakes MP Tim Farron also welcomed the news: "This overwhelming vote in favour is fantastic news for Kendal – I genuinely believe that putting Kendal's business owners in control of local business initiatives will ultimately lead to a more competitive and commercially attractive town centre."
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