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East Riding Council to be Asked to Back DBID Investigation

East Riding Council to be Asked to Back DBID Investigation

Published by Matthew Pells at 6:01am 18th November 2019.

A Bridlington Councillor is calling on the East Riding of Yorkshire Council to fully support an investigation into the creation of the Yorkshire Coast DBID scheme.

Andrew Walker is tabling a motion this week asking the East Riding Authority to get behind an independent investigation launched by Scarborough Borough Council.

The investigation has been launched after concerns that many business that have to pay into the scheme didn't get to vote in the ballot that gave the project the go ahead.

Councillor Walker's motion to the East Riding of Yorkshire Council will be discussed at a meeting on Wednesday. His motion reads...

"This Council notes: 

In 2018, the Yorkshire Coast Business Improvement District (BID) was established following a ballot of businesses and Councils. The lead Authority is Scarborough Borough Council and the BID levy is collected on behalf of the board by East Riding of Yorkshire Council. Both Councils voted to establish the BID. 

The Yorkshire Coast Levy Payers Association has completed a consultation which shows that, of 447 responses, most did not receive a ballot paper. Even more did not receive the Business Plan and the overwhelming majority wish the BID to be terminated. The Levy Payers Association believes that evidence exists, which casts serious doubt on the validity of the ballot process and, on 4 November 2019, Scarborough Borough Council formally adopted a Motion to instigate an independent and impartial inquiry into that process. 

We therefore resolve to: 

Acknowledge that many levy-paying businesses have expressed grave concerns that the BID ballot process was flawed. 

Support Scarborough Borough Council in all aspects of the inquiry into the BID process as decided at its Full Council meeting on 4 November 2019"

Councillor Walker thinks that if the investigation does find irregularities then the ballot might have to be re-run.




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