King’s Lynn traders vote on Business Improvement District plan

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The future of a project which could bring more than £300,000 worth of investment into Lynn town centre will be decided later this week.

Traders and firms in Lynn town centre will learn the result of the ballot for the Lynn Business Improvement District Plan on Friday.

If the BID goes ahead, shops and businesses in the town will be asked to pay a levy on top of their business rates to fund improvements in the town centre.

Ballot papers have been posted out and must be returned to West Norfolk Council by 5pm on Thursday.

Steering group member Jess Cunningham is pleased with the response to the plan but is urging people to get their votes in.

She said: “We have phoned around as many businesses as possible and there has been a really positive response.

“BID will give businesses more control and a greater say on what happens in the town centre.

“It will also help to promote the town centre to the wider community to drive up footfall levels and increase profitability.

“It could create a much better future for all the businesses in town.

“I would definitely encourage all businesses in the town to get their votes in now.”

If the move goes ahead, businesses will be charged 1.5 per cent of their ratable value over a five year period.

The BID team’s objectives are to promote the town centre , to improve travel and access links along with speaking up for businesses.