For business sake, clean up and take a pride in your town – that was the unequivocal message from a recent survey of Camborne businesses conducted by the steering group of the proposed Camborne Business Improvement District (BID).
Camborne is looking to follow in the footsteps of Truro, Falmouth and, most recently, Newquay, in forming a BID – a business-led and business-funded body aimed at improving a defined commercial area.
From car parking issues to development of empty shops and initiatives for the young, the survey responses threw up a wide range of suggestions to improve Camborne’s town centre.
Steering group chairman George Le Hunte commented: “It is quite clear that people are full of ideas. There is a general desire amongst businesses to see a shared responsibility and a coordinated approach – a ‘Can do’ attitude – to ‘cleaning up’ Camborne in every sense and taking a pride in our town.”
Alan Honeybone of Specsavers added: “Customer expectations are higher than ever, it really is time that we all pulled together for the collective good of business in Camborne.
“The proposed BID is one way of getting ourselves a ‘kitty’ for all of those things that we can neither individually afford nor expect the Council to deal with as an extra in these austere times. The BID is not a threat; it is an opportunity for collective thinking and collective action on things that matter to all of us.”
A ballot among Camborne businesses will be held in February. If the majority of businesses vote yes to the idea, then every business will be required to pay the proposed 2% levy on their business rates to establish the BID’s working capital of nearly £600k over five years.