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City centre traders protest levy with flyer in windows

Retailers petitioning Government to scrap BID over extra charges MEASURES introduced last autumn that force Canterbury businesses to pay extra for street cleaning and city centre improvements continue to be contentious. Shopkeepers and business-owners across Canterbury are protesting against the city’s Business Improvement District (BID) by placing dissenting posters in their windows. Some traders are already being summoned by the …

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The top 7 priorities facing our next MP from 2015

THE campaigning for the General Election only started this week, but some people in Canterbury are already looking ahead. TIM BATES looks at the biggest issues that will face Canterbury and Whitstable’s new MP… 1. Housing While Canterbury’s Local Plan has been put together by the city council, rather than an MP, its unpopular plan to build thousands of new …

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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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Coming soon?

Travelodge wants to go into partnership with the city council to build a £4 million hotel in Canterbury. The chain, which already has a 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. However, hotelier Sandie de Rougemont, who owns the House of Agnes …

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Ice rink plan ‘will take a year’

Hopes of an ice rink in the city centre this Christmas have melted away – because there was too little time to organise it. Canterbury Connected Business Improvement District manager Bob Jones believes a rink would be a hugely popular attraction for the city centre and add to the festive atmosphere. But he says it will take a significant amount …

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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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Rates rebate is a relief for hard-pressed firms

Struggling shops and restaurants will be given a leg-up with a £2,000 discount on their business rates over the next two years. Business owners across the district, who are thought to pay some of the country’s highest taxes, will benefit from the national scheme. The rebate will cost the city council £1.8 million, which will be reimbursed by the government. …

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