Businesses in Eastleigh town centre are being invited to have their say on whether the Business Improvement District, or BID, should be renewed.
A BID is a company, independent of the Council, established and run by the business community to deliver initiatives that improve the town. It covers a defined geographic area in and around Eastleigh town centre within which the businesses agree to contribute additional funding to develop projects and services.
Businesses in the town centre will be issued with ballot papers for a forthcoming postal ballot. For a BID to be successful there must be a majority of those voting in favour, both in terms of numbers voting and also the rateable value represented by those voting.
Those able to vote in the ballot are the eligible non-domestic ratepayers listed on the council’s database for each business premise situated in the geographical area of the proposed BID. Everyone eligible in this way will receive a ballot paper.
Eastleigh BID has put forward a proposal to renew the BID for the next five years from next April. The Returning Officer at Eastleigh Borough Council is responsible for organising the Ballot that will be conducted operated entirely by post.
The Eastleigh BID ballot statement is available online and will be included in the ballot pack to explain the planned activities and services the BID would deliver to benefit the business and local community. These would be in addition to services delivered by statutory agencies such as the Borough Council and the Police.
Ballot packs will be sent to eligible voters on or before Wednesday 26 September 2018. It includes instructions on how to vote, a ballot paper and a copy of the Eastleigh BID Ballot Statement
The Eastleigh BID Ballot will close on Thursday 25 October 2018 at 5pm, and completed ballot papers must be returned by that time. The count will take place on Friday 26 October 2018 with the result being shown on the Council’s website once declared