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Find out more about the Truro BID renewal process here.

Truro BID set to progress to full ballot

In recent months the Truro BID team have consulted with businesses and business leaders in the City through one-to-one and group meetings to understand if there is an interest and willingness from the business community to renew the Truro BID for a third term as the current five year term is due to end in October 2017.

After positive feedback from levy payers, an overwhelming majority of 70% said they would vote ‘yes’ to a third term. Therefore the Truro BID board has agreed to proceed to a full ballot and ask members to vote if they would like Truro BID to continue. 

If the result is ‘yes’, Truro businesses will benefit from the continuation of projects including the annual Christmas lighting scheme and the City centre summer floral displays, but they will also benefit from several new initiatives that have been proposed for the third term.

Following the consultation, it is evident that the persistent anti-social behaviour issues are high on many businesses concerns. A top priority for the next BID term is to get back to basics and make sure this City is clean, safe and welcoming for visitors and employees.

Whilst working to combat this recognised issue, Truro BID is passionate about promoting Truro to increase visitors and visitor spend and to help revitalise the evening economy; this will be implemented through marketing initiatives and business support.

The Christmas season is recognised as the City’s highlight within the business community and the BID want to ensure Truro offers a premier festive experience.  

If the BID is renewed, the team will be looking to redesign the City’s Christmas experience, including commercial opportunities for levy payers, utilise more of the City’s open spaces and continue to increase the lighting display year on year.

The business plan detailing the proposed projects for a third term has now been posted to all levy paying businesses. If you have not received your copy please call the BID office on 01872 273999.

The ballot will open on 6th June and close on 6th July. 

Key Dates for your Diary

MAY 2017
Final Truro BID business plan sent to all named voters of levy-paying businesses. Notice of ballot to be issued on 18th May 2017 with ballot paper to be dispatched on 5th June 2017.

JUNE TO JULY 2017
Levy payers have a minimum of 28 days in which to cast their vote. The close of ballot will be Thursday 6th July at 5pm with the result declared on Friday 7th July 2017.

 

1ST OCTOBER 2017
Third term of Truro BID starts subject to a successful vote.

Useful information regarding the Vote.

The forms for proxy voters and those that have lost their papers are designed to make it as easy as possible for businesses to vote.

Proxy Voters

Applications to appoint a proxy can be downloaded here. Once completed, send back as an attachment FAO John Simmons at mailto://voter-registration@cornwall.gov.uk. Alternatively, the form can be posted to John Simmons, Deputy Ballot Holder, Cornwall Council Electoral Services, St Austell One Stop Shop, Penwinnick Road, St Austell, PL25 5DR.

Applications must be received by 5pm on Monday 26th June 2017. A proxy can be cancelled by notifying the ballot holder no later than Thursday 29th June 2017


Lost Ballot Papers

Ballot papers will be sent to those who are eligible to vote on Monday 5th June 2017. If you (or your proxy if you appoint one) have not received your ballot paper by Thursday 29th June 2017 you may apply to the ballot holder for a replacement paper providing evidence of your identity.

Please use this template - the letter should be copied onto your headed paper, signed by the voter and include your UPRN which can be found on your rates bill. Truro BID will also have a record of your UPRN if you give them a call. The letter can be posted back to the Deputy Ballot Holder or emailed FAO John Simmons at mailto://voter-registration@cornwall.gov.uk

 

Notice of ballot

All eligible businesses will be issued a notice of ballot letter on Thursday 18th May, however here is a template version for information. Click here


Baseline

Services provided by statutory organisations within Truro that have a correlation to the projects that the BID will deliver have been documented. The purpose of this it to ensure that Truro BID is adding value to current service provision and supporting businesses rather than replacing or duplicating existing services.

An agreement in principle, subject to a successful ‘yes' vote, has been reached with Cornwall Council, Devon and Cornwall Police and Truro City Council that these baselines will be reviewed each year and that issues will be reported through the localism team at Cornwall Council as and when they occur. For these baselines click the links below:

Police baseline service

Highway maintenance baseline service

Public Rights of way maintenance baseline service

Street Cleansing baseline service

Truro City Council baseline service

Zone Truro 1 Map

 

Truro BID Renewal Business Plan 2017 - 2022

Follow the renewal progress @TruroBID

Summary of the renewal consultation process

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