Issue details

Hereford BID2

To agree to vote in favour of Hereford BID for the second, five year term.

To agree to pay the levy on Herefordshire Council properties in the BID area to the value of £21,495 per annum.

This report is to request cabinet approval to vote ‘yes’ to the second term of Hereford Business Improvement District in the forthcoming ballot.  Via levy contributions by BID members, the continuation of the BID will have a budget of £1.765m to deliver a programme of projects in the city centre.  These projects and improvements have been clearly defined in the BID Business Plan (Appendix 1) and are additional to any services that are funded by the local authority.  There are extensive benefits, not only to the businesses, but also to the local authority, residents and visitors alike.  These are outlined in key considerations.  Herefordshire Council is required to make an additional annual contribution of £14,790 (compared to 2019/20) as a levy on its properties in the BID area.


The projects proposed by the BID have been in consultation with BID businesses and Herefordshire Council.  The projects provide value added services and do not duplicate existing activity.  The projects also meet the council’s aspirations for improving the city centre and it is noted that they will enhance the city’s overall offer.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Strategic nature / impact on communities;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Wards affected: Central; Widemarsh;

Notice of proposed decision first published: 12/09/2019

This decision will be taken under urgency procedures.

Reason for urgency:
To meet the deadline for the casting of votes in the ballot on the 2020-2025 BID2 Business Plan.

Decision due: 26 September 2019 by Cabinet

Lead member: Cabinet member environment, economy and skills, Cabinet member commissioning, procurement and assets

Lead director: Director of Economy and Place (Historic)

Department: Economy and Place (Historic)

Contact: Nick Webster, Economic development manager Email: Tel: 01432 260601.


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