Businesses call for BID plans to be put on hold

Julie Magee

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Julie Magee

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CONCERNED Coleraine businesses have united to call for “an immediate postponement” of the Business Improvement District (BID) partnership pending “proper consultation.”

A BID is a joint initiative between a local authority and traders aimed at improving a designated area and funded in whole – or part - by a levy on commercial ratepayers.

Angry shopkeepers and businesses – some of whom have been trading in the town for over two decades - point out that they are already paying rates, as well as a waste collection fee and water rates without having to fund an additional levy for five years.

* For full story and reaction from Causeway Chamber and the Council see this week's Coleraine Chronicle.

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