Firms urged to back fresh BID for Taunton to boost trade

Somerset County Gazette: Firms urged to back fresh BID for Taunton to boost trade Firms urged to back fresh BID for Taunton to boost trade

MORE shoppers, cheaper costs, and even fewer seagulls scavenging in Taunton town centre – that’s what businesses can expect if they agree to pay an annual levy over the next five years.

Representatives of firms heard from key players in two rival shopping destinations how voting in favour of making Taunton a Business Improvement District (BID) could transform the town centre.

John Hirst, chief executive of Destination Bristol, told the meeting at the County Ground on Tuesday how the city centre had fought back by raising millions of pounds of BID money.

“BID sends out a really positive, self-help message,” said Mr Hirst, who stressed that it is important to “spend the money raised wisely”.

Peter Jones, from the environmental company involved in Bath’s BID, told delegates the scheme enabled participants to save money and see their cash spend more wisely through “collective power”.

Mr Jones said Bath businesses had save huge amounts by all using the same waste collection firm, while the city centre had also become tidier – including a reduction in the number of seagulls leaving a mess following the introduction of gull-proof hessian bags to hold waste.

Taunton Town Centre manager Graham Love explained that if a majority voted for the BID, then all businesses except the smallest ones would have to pay a 1% levy on their rateable value, which would raise £1.3million over five years.

The kitty would then be used for marketing campaigns to attract more shoppers, special events and initiatives to reduce costs for businesses.

Firms voted in 2012 against renewing a previous BID when it ran out.

If the latest BID goes ahead, the levy money will be passed to Taunton Town Centre Company and a committee of business volunteers will steer the delivery of projects to ensure it is spent wisely.

*THE BALLOT TIMETABLE.

January 17: notice of ballot sent to businesses.

January 31: postal ballot papers sent out.

February 28: ballot papers must be in by today.

March 3: ballot result published “as soon as possible”.

April 1: the BID starts if the ‘yes’ vote wins, with the first year’s levy demand sent out.

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12:34pm Thu 23 Jan 14

FreeSpeech? says...

Love to know how they are going to bring in more shoppers short of dropping parking fees, getting rid of half the unneeded traffic signals that are designed to impede traffic flow and generally making Taunton shopper friendly.
BID seems to be another way of sapping more money from already hard pressed shopkeepers and they really should start thinking of organising something themselves rather than having BID foisted upon them.
Love to know how they are going to bring in more shoppers short of dropping parking fees, getting rid of half the unneeded traffic signals that are designed to impede traffic flow and generally making Taunton shopper friendly. BID seems to be another way of sapping more money from already hard pressed shopkeepers and they really should start thinking of organising something themselves rather than having BID foisted upon them. FreeSpeech?

1:27pm Thu 23 Jan 14

GoingGreen says...

FreeSpeech? wrote:
Love to know how they are going to bring in more shoppers short of dropping parking fees, getting rid of half the unneeded traffic signals that are designed to impede traffic flow and generally making Taunton shopper friendly.
BID seems to be another way of sapping more money from already hard pressed shopkeepers and they really should start thinking of organising something themselves rather than having BID foisted upon them.
Get out yer car!
[quote][p][bold]FreeSpeech?[/bold] wrote: Love to know how they are going to bring in more shoppers short of dropping parking fees, getting rid of half the unneeded traffic signals that are designed to impede traffic flow and generally making Taunton shopper friendly. BID seems to be another way of sapping more money from already hard pressed shopkeepers and they really should start thinking of organising something themselves rather than having BID foisted upon them.[/p][/quote]Get out yer car! GoingGreen

1:42pm Thu 23 Jan 14

TauntonBloke29 says...

Life is not as simple as just 'don't use your car'. I am not even going to bother with reasons, they are obvious to most people.
Life is not as simple as just 'don't use your car'. I am not even going to bother with reasons, they are obvious to most people. TauntonBloke29

1:50pm Thu 23 Jan 14

GoingGreen says...

TauntonBloke29 wrote:
Life is not as simple as just 'don't use your car'. I am not even going to bother with reasons, they are obvious to most people.
People jump in their cars then complain about traffic, traffic lights etc. It's like going for a swim then complaining about getting wet.
[quote][p][bold]TauntonBloke29[/bold] wrote: Life is not as simple as just 'don't use your car'. I am not even going to bother with reasons, they are obvious to most people.[/p][/quote]People jump in their cars then complain about traffic, traffic lights etc. It's like going for a swim then complaining about getting wet. GoingGreen

3:30pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Slow down! says...

So are you saying you jump the traffic lights as you're on a bike as it makes it quicker?

As when I cycle I still find the traffic lights a nuisance, makes no difference if i'm in a car or bike.
So are you saying you jump the traffic lights as you're on a bike as it makes it quicker? As when I cycle I still find the traffic lights a nuisance, makes no difference if i'm in a car or bike. Slow down!

3:37pm Thu 23 Jan 14

GoingGreen says...

Slow down! wrote:
So are you saying you jump the traffic lights as you're on a bike as it makes it quicker?

As when I cycle I still find the traffic lights a nuisance, makes no difference if i'm in a car or bike.
Cycle lanes, no parking fees.

Yes I do stop at the lights - very sensible - particularly when cars take their changes on orange and red!
[quote][p][bold]Slow down![/bold] wrote: So are you saying you jump the traffic lights as you're on a bike as it makes it quicker? As when I cycle I still find the traffic lights a nuisance, makes no difference if i'm in a car or bike.[/p][/quote]Cycle lanes, no parking fees. Yes I do stop at the lights - very sensible - particularly when cars take their changes on orange and red! GoingGreen

5:31pm Thu 23 Jan 14

FreeSpeech? says...

GoingGreen, more like IAmGreen.
You are typical of a LibDem green tree hugger who lives and works in a town centre and believes as it's easy for me to shop and work why does everyone need to drive, well we don't all live in town and have a good transport service or are we all able to use the park and ride. As the article I commented about is concerning attracting more shoppers to Taunton and some of those from other areas I don't expect they will be queueing up for your infantile, narrow minded and selfish input.
GoingGreen, more like IAmGreen. You are typical of a LibDem green tree hugger who lives and works in a town centre and believes as it's easy for me to shop and work why does everyone need to drive, well we don't all live in town and have a good transport service or are we all able to use the park and ride. As the article I commented about is concerning attracting more shoppers to Taunton and some of those from other areas I don't expect they will be queueing up for your infantile, narrow minded and selfish input. FreeSpeech?

7:17pm Thu 23 Jan 14

GoingGreen says...

FreeSpeech? wrote:
GoingGreen, more like IAmGreen. You are typical of a LibDem green tree hugger who lives and works in a town centre and believes as it's easy for me to shop and work why does everyone need to drive, well we don't all live in town and have a good transport service or are we all able to use the park and ride. As the article I commented about is concerning attracting more shoppers to Taunton and some of those from other areas I don't expect they will be queueing up for your infantile, narrow minded and selfish input.
Still having some aggression issues I see. Road rage online! I know some people need to use the car, that's obvious. Unfortunately there are plenty that jump in the car when they don't need to, clogging up the roads for you folk who have "no choice" and making you angry! Lets not get into being green, we, including me, could all do more, including the gov't.
[quote][p][bold]FreeSpeech?[/bold] wrote: GoingGreen, more like IAmGreen. You are typical of a LibDem green tree hugger who lives and works in a town centre and believes as it's easy for me to shop and work why does everyone need to drive, well we don't all live in town and have a good transport service or are we all able to use the park and ride. As the article I commented about is concerning attracting more shoppers to Taunton and some of those from other areas I don't expect they will be queueing up for your infantile, narrow minded and selfish input.[/p][/quote]Still having some aggression issues I see. Road rage online! I know some people need to use the car, that's obvious. Unfortunately there are plenty that jump in the car when they don't need to, clogging up the roads for you folk who have "no choice" and making you angry! Lets not get into being green, we, including me, could all do more, including the gov't. GoingGreen

7:40pm Thu 23 Jan 14

FreeSpeech? says...

You seem to have a problem accepting reasoned argument, there is no aggression in my comment, I was merely commenting on the way you come across as someone who is a little green in more ways than one.
Whilst on the subject of aggression I'll put my money on it your the type of cyclists that undertakes vehicles, jumps on the pavements to evade red lights and holds motorised vehicle users in utter contempt, or are you a hypocrite who advocates the use of the pedal cycle to save the planet but has a 3.7litre Range Rover in the garage for the weekend.
Love cyclists myself as long as they obey the rules of the road as much as they tell the motorists, have you noticed how most of the idiots on cycles seem to be middle aged men.
You seem to have a problem accepting reasoned argument, there is no aggression in my comment, I was merely commenting on the way you come across as someone who is a little green in more ways than one. Whilst on the subject of aggression I'll put my money on it your the type of cyclists that undertakes vehicles, jumps on the pavements to evade red lights and holds motorised vehicle users in utter contempt, or are you a hypocrite who advocates the use of the pedal cycle to save the planet but has a 3.7litre Range Rover in the garage for the weekend. Love cyclists myself as long as they obey the rules of the road as much as they tell the motorists, have you noticed how most of the idiots on cycles seem to be middle aged men. FreeSpeech?

7:45pm Thu 23 Jan 14

GoingGreen says...

Wrong!x
Wrong!x GoingGreen

4:15pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Slow down! says...

I bet his one of those cyclist that wear all the hi-vis clothing with a light on their helmet, you know the ones they look the part yet they cycle dangerously in and out of cars through lights don't look when joining roads they just assume that all cars will give way to them.

Its almost like they see it as a game.
I bet his one of those cyclist that wear all the hi-vis clothing with a light on their helmet, you know the ones they look the part yet they cycle dangerously in and out of cars through lights don't look when joining roads they just assume that all cars will give way to them. Its almost like they see it as a game. Slow down!

5:12pm Fri 24 Jan 14

GoingGreen says...

Slow down! wrote:
I bet his one of those cyclist that wear all the hi-vis clothing with a light on their helmet, you know the ones they look the part yet they cycle dangerously in and out of cars through lights don't look when joining roads they just assume that all cars will give way to them.

Its almost like they see it as a game.
That's right - catch me if you can! At least I give you a chance by wearing the high viz stuff! Good luck with the traffic you choose to drive in on your way home!
[quote][p][bold]Slow down![/bold] wrote: I bet his one of those cyclist that wear all the hi-vis clothing with a light on their helmet, you know the ones they look the part yet they cycle dangerously in and out of cars through lights don't look when joining roads they just assume that all cars will give way to them. Its almost like they see it as a game.[/p][/quote]That's right - catch me if you can! At least I give you a chance by wearing the high viz stuff! Good luck with the traffic you choose to drive in on your way home! GoingGreen

11:59am Sat 25 Jan 14

Wellington Shrek says...

now now children, play nicely.
now now children, play nicely. Wellington Shrek

9:15pm Sat 25 Jan 14

richard150 says...

BID has been operating in Taunton since 2005 I believe, and so far all we have seen is shop closures, laughable small market that even the stall holds complain about and street events that are a flop . So why should anyone believe that they can do anything worth while over the next five years. Perhaps it is time the council and the councillors stood up and done the job that they get paid to do before Taunton becomes more of a ghost town than what it is, and losses the county town title for good. If you do not have the shops, you do not need the parking as no-one will visit Taunton as there will be no reason to.
BID has been operating in Taunton since 2005 I believe, and so far all we have seen is shop closures, laughable small market that even the stall holds complain about and street events that are a flop . So why should anyone believe that they can do anything worth while over the next five years. Perhaps it is time the council and the councillors stood up and done the job that they get paid to do before Taunton becomes more of a ghost town than what it is, and losses the county town title for good. If you do not have the shops, you do not need the parking as no-one will visit Taunton as there will be no reason to. richard150

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