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Weymouth traders are urged to vote for BID project
MORE drop-in meetings have been announced to spread the word about a project to rejuvenate Weymouth town centre.
The Weymouth Business Improvement District (BID) is campaigning for traders to vote in favour of the project, which aims to improve the shopping district and its surrounding area.
Ahead of businesses in the BID’s levy payment area going to the polls in May, a further two informal drop-in style meetings will be held for ideas to be shared and questions to be answered.
They will be on Thursday, March 14, and Thursday, April 18, between 3.30pm and 6pm at the William Henry pub in Weymouth town centre. Refreshments will be provided.
The sessions follow on from a previous question and answer drop-in session in the town centre which welcomed input from traders.
Modifications were made to the BID plan which will be reviewed at the next management committee meeting of Weymouth and Portland Borough Council.
Brian Cooper, manager of the BID Marketing Group, said: “It was really interesting to hear the ideas and concerns directly from the businesses.
“As a result of the meeting held on January 31 the steering group has listened to local business owners and made modifications to the Weymouth BID business plan which has been submitted to Weymouth and Portland Borough Council for review at the management meeting on March 5.”
He said the group is hoping to get the green light for conducting the ballot in May.
Mr Cooper added: “At the meeting on March 5, the council’s role will be to agree the business plan and check that it does not conflict with any local authority policies, it will also agree that the BID should conduct a ballot in May.”
Nigel Reed, chairman of the Weymouth BID said the group can focus on securing the ‘yes’ vote once the plan has been reviewed.
He said: “Following the local authority management meeting on 5th March, we can start working towards obtaining a yes vote.
“If successful, this would generate at least £300,000 a year for five years at a time when public funds are reducing.
“We are canvassing various groups of people over the next three months and on February 28 the Weymouth BID Steering Group will be meeting with students from Budmouth College who will hopefully be able to provide a younger person’s view of the project”.
Businesses are encouraged to come along to the meeting on March 14 at the William Henry Public House in Weymouth or call Nigel Reed on 07557 142906.
More information is available at.weymouthbid.co.uk. Find the BID on Twitter @Weymouth BID or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WeymouthBID.