Truro gives notice of BID renewal

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Businesses in Truro have been given notice that a renewal ballot for the city’s Business Improvement District is about to take place.

Neil Scott and the Truro BID team

The publishing of the Notice of Ballot is one of the formal legislative requirements when renewing a BID.

In Truro, ballot papers will be issued on June 12 to the 400+ businesses eligible to vote for or against renewing Truro’s BID for another five years.

They will have until July 12 to return their papers and have their say.

The business plan for the second five-year term of Truro’s BID is currently being written and will detail the plans and projects that the £1.5 million of funding will deliver.

Following several weeks of consultation, the team at Totally Truro, the not-for-profit company behind the city’s BID, has received over 200 completed questionnaires which will be used to shape the business plan – 85% of the feedback has been positive about renewing the BID for another five year term.

Neil Scott, BID manager, said: “The issuing of the Notice of Ballot is one of the key legal stages in renewing Truro’s BID.

“We strongly believe that some incredible work has been achieved in improving the city centre’s trading environment, and that success had led to BIDs setting up throughout Cornwall – in Falmouth, Newquay, Camborne and now St Austell exploring the opportunity.

“To continue this work, we have listened carefully to the feedback from businesses to ensure that the next five years of BID activity further improve the city centre trading environment for those who live, work or visit Truro.”

Totally Truro BID has delivered around £1.4 million of improvement projects in the city since it was established in Autumn 2007. These include sustainable funding for Christmas lights displays, annual arts and music festivals, a dedicated website for the city, hundreds of new floral displays and funding towards a shop mobility programme.