Issue - decisions

Christchurch Business Improvement District

03/09/2021 - Christchurch Business Improvement District

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

Reason

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.