Hastings BID Open Meeting
Wednesday 24th February, 6.00pm-7.00pm
White Rock Theatre
This is the second of a series of open meetings for Hastings town centre businesses to find out about the proposed Hastings BID.
If you operate a business in Hastings town centre (including Castle Street / Breeds Place, White Rock, Queens Road, America Ground & Cambridge Road), this event is important for you.
Hastings town centre could see £1M of improvements if local businesses agree to become a ‘BID’ (Business Improvement District).
The town centre partnership is working with consultants, Revive & Thrive, to explain the benefits of becoming a BID, which will be voted on in the Autumn of 2016. If agreed, businesses would pay an additional amount of their rateable value for a period, which would then be invested back into improving the town centre, as well as being used to secure other grants, etc.
The improvements would be up to the businesses themselves, but might include more marketing and events, reduced business costs, a better environment and improved security. There are already over 200 BIDs across the country, improving shopping centres, industrial areas, etc., which are using local skills and local passion for the areas to make improvements benefiting the local community, including residents, workers, shoppers, and visitors.
The local partnership will be carrying out work to prepare for the important vote next Autumn to ensure that the plans being developed are what Hastings town centre wants and needs. They will be working with the businesses themselves, local residents, shoppers and visitors, and are keen to hear from anyone else who wants to improve the town centre.
Hastings Independent would like to know the views from local business regarding the BID so do leave comments below.
If you cannot attend this meeting, there will be others. Please contact Mark Barnes on 0333 0124285 or firstname.lastname@example.org for other dates.