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Blyth BID results announced

The results of a ballot to introduce a Business Improvement District (BID) in Blyth  have been announced.

In a postal ballot proposing the introduction of a Blyth Business Improvement District (BID) the majority of the Business ratepayers in the proposed BID area who voted, voted against the proposal.  

The total number of votes cast in favour of the establishment of the Blyth BID was 59, representing 49.2% of the number of votes cast and 72.5% of the rateable value of votes cast.  

The total number of votes cast in the ballot was 120 representing an overall turnout of 28.78%.

To establish a BID a majority both in votes cast and in rateable value of votes cast is required.  As such a BID cannot be introduced in Blyth as a result of this ballot.

The ballot closed on Thursday 29th November.  A count and standard verification procedures were undertaken by UK Engage Ltd, the county council’s appointed Election Agent today, 30th November.   Northumberland County Council announced the result of the ballot online. The Council will be writing to all businesses to notify them of the result.

Prior to the ballot the County Council confirmed that it is supportive of BIDs being established where local businesses back them.   

Cllr Richard Wearmouth, cabinet member for economic development and regeneration at Northumberland County Council said:  “I would like to thank everyone who took part in the ballot.

"As a council we are clear that BIDs must be supported by the business community and this ballot result means that a BID won’t be introduced in Blyth.

"The Council will continue to work with the local business community and the Town Council through the development of a Town Forum, to build on Blyth’s strengths and to develop opportunities for town centre regeneration.”

To view the declaration of result go to the elections section of the website.
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