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Council to back Mansfield BID renewal

Mansfield District Council is to continue its support for the Mansfield Business Improvement District (BID) for the next five years.

In a delegated decision by Cllr Stuart Richardson on 7 August, the Portfolio Holder for Regeneration and Growth, backed continued support for the BID in its forthcoming renewal ballot. 

Businesses in the BID, including the council which has premises within the BID area, will be asked to vote between 27 September and 24 October on whether or not to renew the organisation. 

Cllr Richardson also approved the council providing free office accommodation for the BID team as an in-kind contribution and to commit the council to paying the BID business levy at a cost of about £90,000 over five years. 

The levy, which amounts to two per cent of business rates, applies to all business properties within the BID boundary and includes several council owned premises, amounting to a levy of £18,000 per year for the authority.

Cllr Richardson said: "This is money well spent to support town centre businesses and to reinforce the council's strategy to make Mansfield a thriving and welcoming destination for both visitors and residents. We hope that Mansfield BID builds on its achievements of the past five years."  

A council report outlined the case to continue support for the BID, highlighting the benefits it brings, such as a significant contribution to the environment and economic vitality of the town centre. This aligns to the key council priorities to encourage a thriving, vibrant and sustainable district with strong, safe and resilient communities and a clean and welcoming environment. 

Mansfield BID has been operating as a company since 2010 and has to hold a renewal ballot every five years. Among the BID's strategy proposals from 2020 to 2025, it aims to provide: 

• A clean, appealing and accessible town destination 
• A safer and more welcoming town centre
• Place marketing, promotion and events
• Business support and growth.

The council report said the BID would raise about  £1.68m over its coming five-year term to reinvest in the town centre.

It plans to continue to support the council's street cleansing operations, provide continued investment in town centre wifi, and to help fund summer hanging baskets and planters and the town centre Christmas lights.

The report said the BID also plans to continue providing a patrol team to deal with anti-social behaviour and minor offences and Night Time Ambassadors in support of local licensed premises and Best Bar None awards. In the past five years BID officers have made more than 1,000 civil arrests.

In addition, the BID will continue to deliver a varied programme of marketing and events and other schemes designed to increase footfall in the town centre, such as the I Love Mansfield Loyalty Card, which has over 6,000 users. 

Upwards of 10,000 extra people visited the town centre during the Christmas Market and lights switch-on, and 896,000 people were attracted to the town centre through BID events over the past five years.

The BID's proposals align to the council's own vision for the town centre, as set out in the emerging Local Plan, and complement other regeneration initiatives such as the recent Future High Street Funding proposals, the redevelopment of the Old Town Hall, Stockwell Gate North and Walkden Street Car Park, and the Mansfield Townscape Heritage Project to encourage the restoration of key older buildings in the Leeming Street area. 

Published on 8 August 2019

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