Chichester city firms given last chance to examine Business Improvement District plans

BUSINESSES in Chichester were given a final opportunity to find out more about the city’s Business Improvement District (BID) plans to significantly improve the area’s trading environment.

The event on Thursday at the Butter Market attracted a broad range of firms and members of the public curious about the scheme.

Chairman of Chichester City Centre Partnership which is behind the scheme to inject 1.3m into central improvements in exchange for businesses paying and additional 1percent on rates, was optimistic the message of how beneficial the project is to industry in the county town was getting through to traders.

City Centre manager Kim Long said she had “been encouraged” by the positive response so far, though said that every vote would count, so urged all affected companies to respond.

With around two thirds of around 700 businesses within the city walls having been canvassed on the issue, this was the final chance for them to find out more before a postal ballot goes out at the end of next week.

More than 50 percent of businesses have to vote in favour of the scheme in order for it to be approved for a start date of 2012. For full story, see the next edition of the Observer and visit