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Members sought for BID board CANTERBURY: The controversial Canterbury Business Improvement District is looking for local businessowners to make up its new permanent board of directors. Levy paying members of the BID have all been sent packs telling them how to stand for the board, should they want to. Since being formed last year, the BID has been guided by …

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Bay has no need of this business tax

The leader of Canterbury City Council is on record as having made it clear that introducing a Business Improvement District (BID), where a levy is imposed on traders to pay for extra services, into Herne Bay town centre is being progressed, similar to the one recently started in Canterbury. As a city councillor, I have from day one vigorously opposed …

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Not all are convinced by the BID effect on our city

Retailers and councillors have differing views on scheme’s success CITY councillors and traders have clashed over Canterbury’s Business Improvement District (BID) at a meeting. Businesswoman Lynn Brown, speaking on behalf of the Canterbury Independent Traders Alliance (CITA), said the changes the BID had made in the months since being created were “superficial” and had “not increased footfall in the city …

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House of Agnes owner Sandie de Rougement says Canterbury city council should not get involved in Travelodge deal

Travelodge wants to go into partnership with the city council to build a new £4 million hotel in Canterbury. The chain, which already has an hotel in Ivy Lane, is looking for another site and has written to the local authority proposing a “pioneering” financial deal to get it built. But hotelier Sandie de Rougemont, who runs the House of …

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City sparkles for Christmas

Canterbury city centre is sparkling with festive spirit thanks to Christmas lights funded with a levy raised by traders. Hundreds of people gathered on Thursday in St George’s to see the £40,000 illuminations turned on by kmfm presenters Rob Wills and Andy Walker, who were jomed by stars from the cast of panto Aladdin. Also supporting the festivities were rising …

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Traders split over plans for city business district

Graffiti, chewing gum and a lack of floral displays and Christmas lights make Canterbury unattractive. That is the view of a board of business bosses who want to charge shop and restaurant owners a levy to make the city centre more appealing. Traders will head to the polls when the Canterbury Connected Business Improvement District (BID) ballot opens next week. …

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Business levy gets backing from council

CANTERBURY City Council has given its backing to a £2.5 million proposal that affects more than 600 businesses in the city. Plans for a proposed Business Improvement District (BID) in the city centre would see an extra levy placed on most of Canterbury’s businesses, with the money raised going back to pay for improvements like Christmas lights, floral displays, and …

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