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STOP Business Improvement District's (B.I.D's).

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Business Improvement Districts (B.I.D's) were brought in to try and help rejuvenate high street or Industrial areas. In theory they could have a positive effect for the Town;s they are introduced too however in reality they can end up splitting communities and can cause an extra burden on already hard pushed small businesses.

An example of a B.I.D that has failed to deliver is Hexham B.I.D. The set up and running costs for this scheme far outweigh the promised benefits especially what has been talked about so far are simply a replication of services such as street cleaning and hanging baskets. There is growing evidence of these schemes being brought in with minimum consultation and a large number of business owners did not even receive ballot packs before the vote yet later on they and more received an invoice and Court summons.

Behind these schemes and helping implement them are County Council's. Northumberland County Council have even gone to the extent of taking business owners to Court and awarding them liability orders if the levy has not been paid.

Business owners have no contract with these Ltd B.I.D companies and feel this charge is nothing more than a stealth tax and feel bullied into paying the levy due to the might of Council's using tactic's that tantamount to blackmail.

During these hard times the last thing any business large or small need is an extra cost burden that will have no direct benefit to themselves. These schemes have to be stopped before they cause irrevocable damage to small communities.

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