Decision details

Christchurch Business Improvement District

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Christchurch BID Steering Group is preparing to take its BID Proposal to a postal ballot from 2 September 2021 – 30 September 2021.
Result of the Ballot will be announced on 1 October 2021
If successful at ballot the 5-year BID Term will run from November 2021 to 31 October 2026.
This report seeks Cabinet approval for the Council to support Christchurch BID for the first term.


RESOLVED that: -

Cabinet agree BCP Council’s support of the Christchurch Business Improvement District (BID); and agree:

(a)           To endorse the BID proposal that will be submitted to BCP Council on 26 July 2021 by the Christchurch BID Steering Group;

(b)          To note that the BID ballot will be run by CIVICA at a cost of £3,000. This cost would be paid for by the BCP Council Economic Development team through existing budgets;

(c)           To note that if the ballot is successful, the Council will pay any BID levy due in relation to the Council’s hereditaments within the BID area (totalling £16,211 per annum) for 5 years. The service units that own the liable premises will pay the levy for their site(s).

(d)          To authorise the Director of Economic Development to complete the ballot papers on behalf of the Council in favour of the BID proposal; and

(e)           To authorise the Head of Legal Services to complete any necessary legal agreements required for the operation of the BID Levy, Ballot and service arrangements and any other necessary matters for the proposed BID in consultation with the appropriate officers.  

Voting: Unanimous

Portfolio Holder: Regeneration, Economy and Strategic Planning


BCP Council is fully supportive of BIDs and the significant benefits and investment that they bring. The Christchurch BID proposal will help deliver the Council’s strategic aims and objectives including the Dynamic Places objectives in the Corporate Plan. It is therefore recommended that BCP Council supports the Christchurch BID for its first 5-year term.

Report author: Paula Sales

Publication date: 03/09/2021

Date of decision: 01/09/2021

Decided at meeting: 01/09/2021 - Cabinet

Effective from: 11/09/2021

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