Blyth Business Improvement District (BID) Ballot - Declaration of Result.

Local Government Act 2004 Business Improvement Districts (England) Regulations 2004.
 
The following statement is issued by UK Engage following the Blyth Business Improvement District (BID) Ballot.
 
As an agent of the ballot holder for the Blyth Business Improvement District (BID) Ballot I certify as follows:
Total number of votes cast in the ballot, excluding any given on ballot papers rejected:
120
Aggregate rateable value of each hereditament in respect of which a person voted in the ballot:
2,726,350
Total number of votes cast in favour of the Blyth Business Improvement District
59
Aggregate rateable value of each hereditament in respect of which a person voting in the ballot has voted in favour of the of Blyth Improvement District:
1,976,750
 
I hereby declare that the proposal for the Blyth Business Improvement District for Northumberland County Council is not approved. A majority of the Business ratepayers in the proposed BID area who voted, voted against the proposal, by numbers voting.

 

 

 

 

 

Poor Perceptions and Image

The poor profile and public image of the town was repeatedly cited as an issue for business owners and managers in Blyth.

In consultations, 72% of business owners/managers identified the need for marketing and promotion of the town centre to local residents as high priority, and 54% identified the need to do more to promote the town to visitors from further afield. 

A Blyth BID would give priority to actions that improve the marketing of the town centre to residents in the local area, and actions to promote Blyth to potential visitors from further afield.

Safety and Security

Concerns about safety and security (including drug issues and anti-social behaviour) were also issues commonly cited by the business owners and managers in Blyth.

In consultations, 64% of business owners/managers identified the need to do more to prevent or reduce crime, many suggesting that there should be more support for initiatives that promote a safer town centre.

A Blyth BID would give priority to actions that improve the safety and well-being of shoppers, visitors and employees in the town centre.

Physical Appearance

Closely related to concerns about poor image, were concerns about the “rundown” and “drab” appearance of the town centre.

In consultations, 73% of business owners/managers identified the need to encourage everybody to take pride in the town centre and to do more to brighten its appearance throughout the year.

A Blyth BID would give priority to actions to enhance and complement the seasonal flower displays and festive decorations already provided through the Town Council and others in order to brighten up the appearance of the town centre.

Enterprise and Vibrancy

The most common concern raised by business owners/managers is the number and prominence of empty shops and business units, and a sense of growing frustration that more could be done to encourage new uses for these empty spaces.

In consultations, 79% of business owners/managers expressed grave concern at the increasing number of empty shops and business units in the town centre, and the potentially damaging impact on business and trade of empty units in prominent locations, such as those around the square (N.B. the recent closure of Poundworld and Bargain Buy only adds to these concerns).

A Blyth BID would give high priority to actions that improve this situation by working with landlords to encourage new (temporary and permanent) uses for these empty spaces and support for initiatives that encourage new enterprise and entreneurship in the town centre.



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