Clash over Taunton BID scheme as vote nears

The Crescent in Taunton.

The Crescent in Taunton.

First published in News Somerset County Gazette: Photograph of the Author by

COMPANIES in a Taunton street are protesting over ‘out-of-the-blue’ proposals to charge them thousands of pounds for an initiative they claim will actually damage their business.

But organisers of the Business Improvement District (BID) scheme say there were extensive consultations, and it would benefit all firms by increasing trade and cutting costs.

Taunton town centre businesses have until today (February 28) to return their ballot papers to decide whether BID is introduced – they voted not to continue the previous five-year BID when it lapsed.

If successful, firms would pay a 1% levy on their rates which will fund events and marketing in an attempt to attract more visitors.

But Peter Allinson, of property law firm Davitt Jones Bould, has calculated that it would cost around £14,000 over five years for his four properties in The Crescent.

Dr Allinson said he only discovered that the street was included in the BID this time when ballot papers arrived in the post – it was excluded during the previous BID.

He said: “The BID’s objectives are at odds with what we want to achieve. They want to increase footfall through the town centre, whereas we want the car parks empty so our visitors can get in.

“People coming to us for meetings are finding it hard enough to get a space as it is, so it’ll be even harder if there are more people parking.

“I’ve no beef with BID, but I’m not in retail, and to find a few weeks before the vote that The Crescent has been included was a total surprise.

“I’m trying to create jobs and employment. I don’t need somebody saying ‘you’ve got a vote and we’re going to sting you for lots of tax’.”

Mike Watson, of Setsquare construction recruitment, said he faces a bill of £3,500 over five years if BID goes through at a time when he has been forced to make redundancies and is not taking a salary himself due to tough economic conditions.

He said: “Nobody in The Crescent has been invited to consultation meetings and we’ve received no information – we didn’t know we were included.

“The whole market is down and margins are low – nobody’s making a profit and we can’t afford this extra expenditure.

“BID wouldn’t help my business in the slightest.”

Taunton Town Centre Company manager Graham Love said Crescent businesses were contacted about BID – which will cost an average annual levy of £520 – and there has been wide consultation via post, email, personal visits, meetings and in the County Gazette.

Mr Love said the levy would be “fair and equitable” with larger premises paying proportionately more. He said: “All prospective levy payers, including those in The Crescent, have been contacted by phone to canvas opinion and answer any questions pertaining to the BID.

“The proposals are set to benefit all businesses, not just by increasing the opportunity for trade, but also in reducing the cost of operating in Taunton, including group buying of services such as waste management and reducing the cost of utilities.

“The BID will provide all levy payers with a voice, making representation on local issues important to the vibrancy and vitality of the county town.”

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9:51am Thu 27 Mar 14

Guess who :) AGAIN ! says...

Talking about of the blue i heard Nick`s been riding his new high powered motor cycle around the west country in his protective leathers and black racing helmet on, that should interest that freak Gypo Joe he likes a bit of leather dont he? lol
Talking about of the blue i heard Nick`s been riding his new high powered motor cycle around the west country in his protective leathers and black racing helmet on, that should interest that freak Gypo Joe he likes a bit of leather dont he? lol Guess who :) AGAIN !
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10:01am Thu 27 Mar 14

Fordingwatt says...

Guess who :) AGAIN ! wrote:
Talking about of the blue i heard Nick`s been riding his new high powered motor cycle around the west country in his protective leathers and black racing helmet on, that should interest that freak Gypo Joe he likes a bit of leather dont he? lol
yeah i hear you GuessWho ,GYpo joe likes wearing other peoples attire especially if they have recently been worn!
he`ll be sniffing Nick`s leathers and helmet whilst reading his favourite read the Voice! Lol He gets off on that kind of thing does our toilet cleaning Gypo Joe the resident racist username on the free toilet paper he works on!
Gypo joe the pervy used leather sniffer!! sniff sniff sniff!
Think he also get`s off in his second hand "well used" leather lederhosens that`s the German connection the freak covers the Irish angle is going down to Star lane to see if the travellers are interested in a friendly Germany v Ireland "gay lick" football match!!!
no wonder the travellers chased the freako back to his office!!


LMAO
[quote][p][bold]Guess who :) AGAIN ![/bold] wrote: Talking about of the blue i heard Nick`s been riding his new high powered motor cycle around the west country in his protective leathers and black racing helmet on, that should interest that freak Gypo Joe he likes a bit of leather dont he? lol[/p][/quote]yeah i hear you GuessWho ,GYpo joe likes wearing other peoples attire especially if they have recently been worn! he`ll be sniffing Nick`s leathers and helmet whilst reading his favourite read the Voice! Lol He gets off on that kind of thing does our toilet cleaning Gypo Joe the resident racist username on the free toilet paper he works on! Gypo joe the pervy used leather sniffer!! sniff sniff sniff! Think he also get`s off in his second hand "well used" leather lederhosens that`s the German connection the freak covers the Irish angle is going down to Star lane to see if the travellers are interested in a friendly Germany v Ireland "gay lick" football match!!! no wonder the travellers chased the freako back to his office!! LMAO Fordingwatt
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10:07am Thu 27 Mar 14

Brian Sewer66 says...

Sniffing his elmet yar har hah sounds like pervy piggot who the bell end used 2 b gypo joe got ripped a new 1 m8s the floater yar har har dirty perv gypo joe the toilet mouth luv the gay lick football joe m8s yar har har we r falling of our chairs m8s wait until i bell scoff yar har har
Sniffing his elmet yar har hah sounds like pervy piggot who the bell end used 2 b gypo joe got ripped a new 1 m8s the floater yar har har dirty perv gypo joe the toilet mouth luv the gay lick football joe m8s yar har har we r falling of our chairs m8s wait until i bell scoff yar har har Brian Sewer66
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10:12am Thu 27 Mar 14

Harry Flannel says...

Wait until the POS sees this Lol

We can take the pith out of the POS we do what we want ha ha he bans people on the shopper so they go somewhere else and take the pith of the cant! toilet mouth Joe ripped an destroyed! ;)
Wait until the POS sees this Lol We can take the pith out of the POS we do what we want ha ha he bans people on the shopper so they go somewhere else and take the pith of the cant! toilet mouth Joe ripped an destroyed! ;) Harry Flannel
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10:18am Thu 27 Mar 14

papaleigh says...

Harry Flannel wrote:
Wait until the POS sees this Lol We can take the pith out of the POS we do what we want ha ha he bans people on the shopper so they go somewhere else and take the pith of the cant! toilet mouth Joe ripped an destroyed! ;)
heh heh heh winding up gypo-joe is a giggle you good peeps!!! gypo joe is a racist username on the newsshopper heh heh hehh loved the used leather joke you can just see him on his knees sniffing Nicks leather racing gear!!!!

Him and Erastus Piggott the same idiot heh heh heh love it!!!
[quote][p][bold]Harry Flannel[/bold] wrote: Wait until the POS sees this Lol We can take the pith out of the POS we do what we want ha ha he bans people on the shopper so they go somewhere else and take the pith of the cant! toilet mouth Joe ripped an destroyed! ;)[/p][/quote]heh heh heh winding up gypo-joe is a giggle you good peeps!!! gypo joe is a racist username on the newsshopper heh heh hehh loved the used leather joke you can just see him on his knees sniffing Nicks leather racing gear!!!! Him and Erastus Piggott the same idiot heh heh heh love it!!! papaleigh
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9:08am Fri 28 Mar 14

dowhat? says...

Brian Sewer66 wrote:
Sniffing his elmet yar har hah sounds like pervy piggot who the bell end used 2 b gypo joe got ripped a new 1 m8s the floater yar har har dirty perv gypo joe the toilet mouth luv the gay lick football joe m8s yar har har we r falling of our chairs m8s wait until i bell scoff yar har har
dont you ever do any work brian? lol
mind you, rippin into gypo joe takes our minds off all those dumb insurance "clients" ;) lol
[quote][p][bold]Brian Sewer66[/bold] wrote: Sniffing his elmet yar har hah sounds like pervy piggot who the bell end used 2 b gypo joe got ripped a new 1 m8s the floater yar har har dirty perv gypo joe the toilet mouth luv the gay lick football joe m8s yar har har we r falling of our chairs m8s wait until i bell scoff yar har har[/p][/quote]dont you ever do any work brian? lol mind you, rippin into gypo joe takes our minds off all those dumb insurance "clients" ;) lol dowhat?
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9:10am Fri 28 Mar 14

dowhat? says...

"Sir" scoffer is posting north east he's just texd me; i'll let you guyz no where lol ;)
"Sir" scoffer is posting north east he's just texd me; i'll let you guyz no where lol ;) dowhat?
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