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BID sets out vision for Dorchester
BUSINESSES turned out to hear the Dorchester BID (Business Improvement District) set out its plans for the coming year.
BID leaders told the annual general meeting at the Dorford Centre that initiatives it will be working on in the coming months include wireless broadband in the town centre, pay on exit parking and further subsidies for levy payers.
Chairman Peter Legg began the meeting by thanking levy payers for voting the BID in for a second five-year term.
He said: “Thank you everybody for your votes in the ballot, for your continued support and vote of confidence in the BID.”
Mr Legg then handed over to project director Phil Gordon who explained that as well as the business plan for the whole second term, the BID team would also be trying to identify a number of specific things to achieve on a year by year basis.
He said schemes they would be looking at this year include work with the Dorset Waste Partnership on the cardboard and paper recycling project with the prospect of a further subsidy for BID levy payers.
Mr Gordon said the BID would also be working with West Dorset District Council to implement a pilot pay on exit parking scheme in one of the county town’s car parks.
Other projects included investigating group purchasing of utilities and other services, subsidised and free training workshops, wireless broadband points in the town and promoting the town through its website, subsidised advertising and promotional material.
Mr Gordon said the BID would also be looking to increase its subsidy from the car park voucher scheme from 40 per cent to 50per cent and the ambassador scheme was likely to continue in key periods.
He added that the BID wants to continue its support of the town’s Christmas lights as well as helping to improve the appearance of the town through improvements to street furniture, planting projects and targeted deep cleans.
The evening also saw the creation of the new BID board for the coming year, with six new members joining six existing members in the new set up.
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