Time has come to build on suc­cess in BID’s next five-year term in town

Midweek Visiter - - Southport Bid -

OUR man­i­festo for a new five-year BID term will be sent out for con­sul­ta­tion this week.

We’ve used our first term to tackle is­sues, bring in new ideas, and in­vest in el­e­ments that help make our town so spe­cial.

Our vi­sion for the next five years will be to build on our suc­cesses and con­tinue to de­velop and im­prove our town cen­tre.

The ways that towns and cities op­er­ate and pros­per has changed in re­cent years.

All are in a po­si­tion of need­ing to look beyond a reliance on the pub­lic sec­tor to fund the dis­cre­tional ac­tiv­i­ties and ser­vices that take place.

That’s where BIDs across the coun­try have de­vel­oped a cen­tral and im­por­tant role.

BIDs across the coun­try fund mar­ket­ing cam­paigns, events and town cen­tre im­prove­ments that sim­ply wouldn’t have hap­pened other­wise.

Our BID has funded Christ­mas lights, sea­sonal mar­ket­ing cam­paigns, fes­ti­vals and events, in­fra­struc­ture im­prove­ments, crime re­duc­tion ini­tia­tives, and eye-catch­ing flower dis­plays.

With­out the BID, who else would be able to do that?

On an­other level, BIDs pro­vide a voice for levy pay­ers that didn’t ex­ist be­fore.

The new BID will be a pow­er­ful united voice of around 740 levy-pay­ers pro­vid­ing lo­cal busi­ness lead­er­ship and rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

Our new BID will use that lead­er­ship to pro­vide a strong voice that stands up for South­port en­sur­ing that your needs and con­cerns are lis­tened to and con­sid­ered when de­ci­sions are made that af­fect our town cen­tre.

With­out the BID who else would take on that re­spon­si­bil­ity?

Our new BID will play a big role in at­tract­ing new in­vest­ment, too.

There’s plenty of ev­i­dence that in­vestors and fund­ing bod­ies are be­com­ing more at­tracted to ar­eas where BIDs op­er­ate.

This all comes at a time when the tra­di­tional High Street is chang­ing.

If our town is to move with the times, it needs a strong busi­ness voice to work along­side, and chal­lenge where nec­es­sary, the Coun­cil.

With­out the BID, who else would take on that pri­vate sec­tor role?

With all the work that’s al­ready been ac­com­plished and with the suc­cesses that have al­ready been achieved, a Yes vote for a sec­ond term en­ables us to move for­ward for the greater good of the town.

Pic­ture: BAR­RIE MILLS

Spring flow­ers bloom at the Botanic Gar­dens, Church­town – at­trac­tive flower dis­plays have proved a win­ning at­trac­tion in South­port over the years

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