Council backs Southend BID for third term

SOUTHEND Council is backing the Southend Business Improvement District (BID) to carry on for a third term.

The BID was set up in 2013 and is funded by a local business levy. It’s aim is to work with local businesses and the council to enhance the area with events and initiatives.

The BID is seeking a third term which would take it up to March 21, 2028.

The re-ballot was discussed by Southend Council’s cabinet on Tuesday.

Martin Terry, councillor responsible for public protection, said: “We can’t diminish what the BID does for the town. It’s very well supported by town centre businesses who really do appreciate the interventions they have made particular with the town rangers and other physical elements that have been supported in the town centre

“Legislation requires a ballot every five years so this is what this is. We are facilitating the election but it’s up to the BID what they decide they what they want to do. They will have a discussion on what they want the BID to handle and how they want it to operate.”

Cllr Terry added: “We are not in control of the BID. It’s in the hands of the business community. They will now go through a process and a ballot and decide how they are going to move forward with the BID.

The BID has been behind a number of successful events and initiatives in the city that have helped to support public protection, improved public spaces, increased footfall to the city centre and the seafront.

A recent survey found that 91 per cent of BID levy-paying businesses were in favour of continuing it for a further term.

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Christine Sexton

Local Democracy Reporter