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Crawley Town Centre BID goes to Ballot

Thursday, October 24, 2019 By Neil Cooper MRICS

After over 12 months of extensive research liaising with over 50% of the businesses in the town centre, the proposed Crawley Town Centre BID (Business Improvement District) is now at ballot stage, papers to be returned by 5pm on 14 November 2019.

A Business Improvement District (BID) is a business lead and business funded body formed to improve a defined commercial area. The first BID was launched in 2005 and there are now over 300 in the UK.

The structure of a BID is unique in that businesses decide and direct what they want in their area and BID levy money is ring-fenced for improvements to the BID area only. This expenditure and investment supplements and does not replace that of the Local or County Councils.

The feedback from the town centre businesses within Crawley was clear, the primary issues centred around a safer environment, enlivenment of the town centre area, showcasing of the offer, communication and connection. A ‘yes’ vote should deliver an additional £2.5m of investment over 5 years into the town centre, directly controlled by businesses and aimed exclusively at improving the Crawley Town Centre area.

Neil Cooper, Director in Charge of Professional Services at our office in Crawley, is the Chair of the Crawley Town Centre Partnership which has spearheaded the BID to ballot stage. He commented “I am delighted that we have got to this, the vote stage, of the BID process. The objectives of the BID are focused on the clear issues identified by the town centre businesses as important to them. In the challenging environment facing town centres the BID can, in our opinion, play a significant role in the future success of Crawley Town Centre”.

Doug Howell, Local Director of Metrobank and a Crawley Town Centre Partnership Board Member, said “having been involved in other town centre BIDs and seen how they enhance both the look and experience of working and shopping in those towns, I am excited by the opportunity that this brings. The BID is a focused organisation run by its members and representing the interests of its members. This will be an enabler for action on areas that are critical for the future of Crawley as a ‘go-to’ destination”.

For further information on the BID go to www.crawleytowncentrebid.co.uk or email Neil Cooper at cooper@graves-jenkins.com