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Public wifi and pay on exit parking - two new aims of Dorchester's BID
WIRELESS broadband in the town centre and pay on exit parking are among a Dorchester business group’s aims for the coming year.
Business people turned out to hear the Dorchester Business Improvement District (BID) set out its plans.
BID leaders told the annual general meeting at the Dorford Centre that initiatives it will be working on in the coming months include wireless, 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 50 per 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.
Names behind initiative
The new BID board: Andrew Roberts-Wray from Sunninghill Preparatory School, Sian Merriott from Nantes, Scott Duncan from Medusa, Peter Legg (chairman) from Arthur Savage Insurance, John Fiori from The Horse with the Red Umbrella, Mike Reed from the Dorchester Hair Studio, Stuart Montgomerie from SGM Hair, Mark Andre from Waitrose, Nick Rawlings from Goulds, Shirley Ryan from Mirari, Tim Batty from World Heritage and Todd Moffat from Taste*
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