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Businesses Meet in Scarborough Over D-BID

Businesses Meet in Scarborough Over D-BID

Published by Jon Burke at 1:41pm 11th July 2019. (Updated at 4:21pm 11th July 2019)

A meeting's taken place for people concerned about the Yorkshire Coast Business Improvement District.

It happened last night at Scarborough Bowls Centre and was organised by those who oppose the scheme.

Under the D-BID, businesses with a rateable value of more than £12,000 pay into a fund to raise money for tourist improvements for 5 years.

Last week, the Borough Council confirmed the first set of levies are set to go out next month..

Whitby business owner, Graham Collinson, said:

"Businesses are already saying to me 'I'm having to make savings, I'm no longer going to fund putting flowers up, I'm no longer going to fund helping certain charities or certain organisations', because this is just another tax. So, you're getting this sort of ill-feeling in areas when we're saying to people 'I'm sorry we can't support you, our money's having to go to the BID.'"

Graham says no-one from the BID turned up to the gathering last night.

The D-BID has faced opposition from some firms, but an appeal against it was rejected by the Secretary of State earlier this year.

Project Manager for the Yorkshire Coast BID, Kerry Caruthers, said:

"We have always welcomed feedback from businesses, and requests received for the BID to act transparently are valid, but decisions surrounding publishing company information and businesses data, was not a decision that the Task Group could make, that has always been a decision for the new Board of Directors.

The first meeting of the representatives that will form the new Board has taken place this week and a number of recommendations have been presented to them to review, including revising the Member Application form to make the Company operate transparently. The formal appointment of the Directors will be made within the next two weeks and at that point the Board will be able to discuss and decide how best to proceed in the interests of the levy-paying businesses.

Ongoing consultation with businesses is vital to creating a strong bond between the BID and businesses and it was regrettable that last night clashed with a pre-arranged meeting, but If any business has suggestions or concerns do not hesitate to get in touch."


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