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Bournemouth Coastal BID elected for third term after ballot

Bournemouth Coastal BID will operate for a third five-year term. This follows an announcement of the ballot result today in which 78.70% of levy payers that voted, voted yes to support the Business Improvement district’s ongoing work.

The BID ballot met two key criteria that 50% of those voting, would vote in favour, and those ‘yes’ votes represented a majority of the total rateable value of all of the voting businesses. There was a 92.13% rateable value percentage.

The ballot was facilitated and ratified with the assistance of BCP Council in conjunction with Civica Election Services. Results were announced by Councillor Philip Broadhead, Deputy Leader BCP Council and Cabinet Member for Development, Growth and Regeneration. Bournemouth Coastal BID will now operate through to 30 June 2027.

Deputy Leader BCP Council Philip Broadhead said: “The miles of coastline, award-winning beaches and well-loved surrounding towns and villages are iconic and one of the most recognisable aspects of Bournemouth, and the Coastal BID has played a pivotal role in allowing businesses in those areas to continue to grow and develop over recent years.

"Continuing to develop the offering on our seafront and beyond, ensuring it remains world-class for visitors and residents to enjoy year-round, from peak summer season right through to the cooler months, is key in the council's Big Plan and the Coastal BID will play a crucial role in this moving forward."

Coastal BID Chairman Paul Clarke said:

“We would like to thank our levy paying businesses for confirming that they would like the Coastal BID to continue to represent their areas for a third term. This highlights the value of the work we have been doing, and we will continue to listen to the thoughts and ideas of businesses over the next five years so that we can make a real difference.

“Our area, being heavy with hospitality and retail, was hit hard by the pandemic and the lockdowns and we are still in recovery.

“We will aim to bolster security and green initiatives, boost footfall, encourage visitors and continue to organise events and create installations.

“And we are looking forward to working with partners including BCP Council, Bournemouth Area Hospitality association (BAHA), The Future Towns Fund, Visit England and the other local BIDs.

“Events, projects, innovations, installations, and investments that are in the planning stages can now be advanced and delivered.

“We are grateful for this vote of confidence and welcome any thoughts and ideas from those within our area.”

Posted on Thursday 31 March 2022