Sutton businesses gave a resounding thumbs up to the “Successful Sutton” BID proposal on Thursday last week (27 July). There was a 40% turnout with 189 businesses taking part in the vote and 127 voting in favour.
I am delighted that Sutton town centre businesses have embraced the BID. By pulling together we can achieve the improvements we all want to see and ensure that Sutton town centre continues to be the thriving, prosperous centre of the community.
Forward-thinking businesses shared the vision of a busier, cleaner, greener and more prosperous town centre - and now the real work of bringing even greater success to the area begins.
A 10-point plan has been drawn up to back the BID pledging a range of initiatives to attract trade to the area and create an even more pleasant environment for shoppers and workers to spend time and money.
The 10 points included raising the town’s profile, driving footfall, boosting security, improving the environment and attracting funding. Pilot projects already completed include putting up hanging baskets to complement the green wall, deep cleaning litter hot spots, installing footfall cameras and hosting a Dr Bike event providing on-the-spot maintenance to encourage people to make more use of their bicycles.
Businesses within the BID area with a rateable value over £10,000 will now be asked to pay a levy of one per cent of their rateable value which should give Successful Sutton up to £2million to invest in the next five years.