Squabble over BID board bid
Row breaks out after offer to help
A WAR of words has broken out after a businessman was refused a place on the Dartmouth Business Improvement District board.
Dave Cawley – a bitter opponent of the BID who has not paid his levy – said he had ‘a shed load of non-payers that he could swing round’ if he was given a place on the BID management team.
Mr Cawley, a town councillor and a former chairman of the chamber of commerce who runs an audio music business from home, promised to ‘bring to the party’ not only himself, but the council, his freelance journalism in the Chronicle and a lot more.
‘You and I trust each other, so instead of World War III, we need to pull together for Dartmouth,’ he said in an email to BID chairman Nigel Way. ‘So add me as a director and we can make Dartmouth the great place we love so much.’
But shortly after a meeting Mr Way at the Royal Castle Hotel, BID bosses told Mr Cawley to pay his levy first and they might think about it. Now Mr Cawley has accused Mr Way of ‘totally reneging’ on discussions that he initiated and putting everybody ‘back to square one’.
The revelations come only weeks after Mr Cawley said he would be prepared to go to court rather than pay his BID?levy.
Mr Way said ‘you could have knocked me down with a feather’ after Mr Cawley expressed an interest in joining the BID board.
‘I am delighted that you would like to work with us and bring together our marketing skills, possibly you and I and Fran [BID manager Francesca Johnson],’ he wrote an email after meeting Mr Cawley.