Levy payers are reminded to cast their votes in a ballot to decide whether Weymouth BID should continue for a second term.

There’s a little over two weeks to go until it is known the outcome of the ballot to renew Weymouth BID’s mandate for another five years.

Ballot papers were sent out to all of the businesses within the BID area in May by the Electoral Reform Society, the independent elections scrutineers.

To secure renewal, the BID needs the approval in a ballot of more 50 per cent of those organisations in the BID area, both by weight of numbers and rateable value.

Turnout has been high so far and the BID team have been going round to businesses to remind every one of the levy payers to cast their vote before the June 28 deadline.

The reception at ‘the shop front’ has generally been very positive, it is said.

But the team are not taking anything for granted.

Richard Lamb, Weymouth BID Chairman said “Having been chairman of Weymouth BID since January of this year, I have seen at first-hand both the hard work and energy that has gone into delivering our many initiatives and crucially the relationships that have been built up with key partners in delivering these.

"As a local businessman focussed on the bottom line, I am impressed with what has already been achieved. There is no doubt that Weymouth BID is making major strides in making the town centre more accessible, more appealing, more attractive and more secure.”

Claudia Moore, Chief Operations Officer at Weymouth BID added: “I would like to appeal to any BID business reading this who hasn’t yet voted to do so as soon as possible.”

The result of the vote will be known on June 29.