Businesses in Kendal have voted two to one to create a Business Improvement District that will raise £1m from a levy on rates over the next five years to pay for town centre improvements.
The BID proposal, under the slogan 'Kendal's better together', received 72% approval by number of businesses and 68% by rateable value.
There were 696 eligible businesses and organisations in the BID area that could have voted. In the end, just 301 voted; 217 yes.
The Kendal town centre BID plan is focused on four priorities:
- Marketing and promotion campaign
- Improve appearance of town
- Make it easier and more affordable for visitors to access the town centre
- Use vacant premises to promote enterprise; developing group buying schemes and networks to improve business viability
The BID proposal was supported by Kendal Town Council, Cumbria County Council and South Lakeland District Council.