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Scarborough Council to Debate D-BID Motion

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Published by Jon Burke at 2:18pm 20th February 2019.

Scarborough council is to debate a motion calling for it to distance itself from the Yorkshire Coast D-BID.

In response to the request by a group of councillors to hold an Extraordinary Meeting of Full Council to debate and vote on a motion calling on Scarborough Borough Council to “set aside all involvement” with the Yorkshire Coast BID or other BIDs for a period of five years, it has been agreed that the motion will be added as an agenda item to the scheduled Full Council meeting on Friday 1 March.

The council says the decision has been taken because there is enough time to amend the meeting agenda ahead of its publication date due later this week and to save the expense of holding a separate meeting.

Last week, prior to the councillors submitting their request for the motion, the Leader of the Council, Cllr Derek Bastiman, expressed the council’s concerns about the BID in an email to the Chair of the BID, Clive Rowe-Evans.

Cllr Bastiman said:

“Scarborough Borough Council would request that the BID Task Group put a hold on any further development of the BID organisation until such time that the Secretary of State has responded as a result of the appeal and that the queries contained within the appeal have been responded to.

The council is concerned that there are a number of businesses, mainly in Whitby, that are unhappy with the way in which the BID has been communicated to businesses, or not communicated, as some are reporting.” 

The scheme, which was voted in last year, sees eligible businesses pay into a central pot, from which money is taken to improve areas for tourism.

There is opposition from some, who say they weren't aware of what was going on, so didn't vote.

There are also questions over the votes local authorities were allocated, the total number of which is greater than the majority of the votes cast in favour of the scheme.

 

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