Businesses call for BID plans to be put on hold

Julie Magee


Julie Magee


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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