Dartmouth bid levy u turn
Dartmouth’s Business Improvement District will have to charge local businesses the originally planned levy after advice from The Mosaic Partnership. Following a misprint of the two lowest bands of the levy in the Business Plan used during the campaign for a Business Improvement District in the town, the BID Board made the decision to charge the printed levies, not the higher ones on which the rest of the business plan was based including the project costs and the financial forecasts South Hams District Council have replied saying that because they were instructed by the BID to issue invoices based on figures using the higher levies the council have, therefore, correctly complied with regulations.The BID Board consequently sought further advice from The Mosaic Partnership, who backed up
this position as the only legally sound route forward. The BID Board, has therefore decided the only course of action is to follow the advice given and this means anyone with a £150 or £300 bill will have to pay the full amount, not the reduced levy previously announced
BID Chairman Nigel Way said he was sorry about the confusion with the communications, but it was important the proper advice is followed. He highlighted the good work of the BID so far and the benefits levy payers will enjoy over the next 5 years .
“We made our original decision based on what we thought was correct and proper at the time, but it has become clear that this is not the case. As a board we take responsibility for this, and have to move on and make sure we make the Dartmouth BID a success.
“Our marketing campaign is about to go live, our investment in the TIC Discover Dartmouth website – rebranding as Dartmoutheverytime.co.uk – will launch at the same time. BID levy payers get a free listing on the Dartmouth Everytime site, or money off their TIC subscription. We are also readying a number of business cost-reduction schemes that will go live in the next few months. “On top of this, we are putting together workshops in business skills that will launch in September. The first three will look at using the Internet to boost your business – building websites, making sure they are visible online and selling through your website. We are looking to hold a workshop a month for the whole 5 years of the BID.
“These are only the start of the schemes the BID levy makes possible – so we ask people to look beyond the issues we have faced in our early days and see the benefits the BID will bring . As we go on we are absolutely certain that people
will see a return for what they are being asked to pay”