Last chance to vote on Barnstaple town centre improvement plan

THE final call is going out to town centre traders being asked to vote on a scheme to enhance Barnstaple status as a hot spot for shoppers Town centre business are being urged to get behind the Business Improvement District (BID) and return their ballot p

THE final call is going out to town centre traders being asked to vote on a scheme to enhance Barnstaple status as a hot spot for shoppers

Town centre business are being urged to get behind the Business Improvement District (BID) and return their ballot papers no later than 5pm on Friday, February 26.

The steering group behind the campaign to introduce the five-year �720,000 investment say a small contribution would make a big difference.

"A successful BID ballot could make all the difference to the future of Barnstaple as a vibrant town centre and place it in a strong position to become one of the primary retail and business destinations of the South West," said steering group chairman Gerry Fry.


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"Having spoken to traders in the BID area, when they realise we are talking about a one per cent levy on their rateable value, I think many of them have been surprised at how small an amount that actually is.

"A mean average for a medium size shop in Joy Street works out at 40-pence-a-day, based on a six-day trading period, or if you prefer, �2.42 a week. For some, it's much less than that.

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"For a small investment into what is essentially your own business environment, you can tap into a ring fenced budget of �720,000 over the five year term of the BID. How many of us, individually, could put our hands on that sort of money to invest in our future?

"I would urge everyone to consider what a BID could deliver - can we afford not to vote in favour? It is the only opportunity for us to take control of our destiny and ensure the future of our town."

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Traders should return their completed ballot slips to: Returning Officer, North Devon Council Electoral Services, Room 313, Civic Centre, Barnstaple, EX31 1YZ.

Those who have not received a ballot paper should apply, in writing on headed notepaper to the same address.

Any traders wanting to find out more about their rateable value and how much their levy will be can contact Barnstaple Town Centre Management on (01271) 321049.

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