Less than half of local businesses turned out to vote for a business improvement district in Hastings Town Centre, with only 45% of local businesses casting their votes.
456 local businesses and organisations in the town centre were eligible to vote, with a total of 206 votes cast.
What is a Business Improvement District?
The Businesses Improvement District (BID) is a scheme that aims to improve the shopping experience for residents, visitors and businesses in Hastings, with Patricia Horwill of the BID steering group expressing her optimism for an increase in support.
456 local business in the town centre were eligible to vote on the plan, but only 206 votes were cast, with 150 businesses absent from the vote altogether. Despite the plan promising to ‘act as a champion’ for businesses in the town centre, it would seem that the BID still has a long way to go to win over local business.
When does it begin?
The Business Improvement District is set to get underway in April 2017, beginning a 5 year plan that will see Hastings businesses in the town centre lever more money from other sources to supplement budgets.
BID committee member and owner of the family run Gift and Giggles shop said that “We had a 72% yes vote for the businesses that voted. We tried really hard to get the messages round to people, we thought it was a good turnout.”