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Orpington BID ballot set for February

Fri 28 September 2012, 12:59 pm

Businesses in part of Orpington will be balloted early next year on plans to create a Business Improvement District (BID) for the area, Bromley Council has confirmed.

A meeting of the council’s executive this month gave the green light for the ballot, which will take place in February.

If a majority of responding businesses in the area approve the plan, BID company Orpington 1st Ltd will commence its five-year operations from the beginning of April, with the power to spend a levy based on 1.5 per cent of the rateable values of all business in the area on delivering services to boost the town centre.

Councillor Peter Morgan, Bromley’s regeneration lead, said setting up a BID was “absolutely in the interest”of local businesses.

“It offers an opportunity for them to have greater control over their town centres - how they're run and maintained,“ he said.

“We believe that these businesses are in the best position to make choices that will benefit town centres, therefore the initiative has our full support". 

The Orpington BID working group is chaired by local businessman Gary Morris of Printing.com.

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