Council leaders back new King’s Lynn BID vote

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Council leaders have backed a new campaign to establish a business improvement district (BID) in Lynn.

The proposal, through which shop owners and traders pay a levy on top of their business rates, was narrowly rejected in a vote two years ago.

But business leaders are now seeking a second vote on the issue.

And West Norfolk Council’s cabinet voted to support the idea during a meeting last Tuesday, which will now enable the question to be put to traders again.

They also agreed to instruct the authority’s chief executive, Ray Harding, to cast its vote in favour of the proposal when the ballot takes place, possibly this autumn.

A report presented to members said implementation of the levy would cost the authority an extra £17,500 a year.

But it added that, overall, it would generate an additional £200,000 a year for investment in the town centre.

The report said: “If successful the BID will help generate additional business into King’s Lynn and help protect the current businesses.”

A fresh vote can now take place, once the legally required 84 day period from the council’s decision to approve the bid is completed.

That means the earliest date that traders could be asked to vote again is in late September.