Darlington BID Will Not Be Renewed

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2:32pm 10th March 2017

The Business Improvement District in Darlington has lost its bid to be renewed.

It is after the vote for the continuation of Darlington BID was cast earlier

There were 213 votes cast - with 126 in favour and 127 against.

Following the announcement Peter Bulmer, chair of the board of Distinct Darlington, said: "This is a very disappointing result indeed, not just for Darlington BID, but for traders, residents and visitors alike as the town centre has now lost guaranteed investment.

"High streets around the country are facing very tough times and that's why we need to do whatever we can to make town and city centres more attractive and create events and incentives to boost our local economy.

"The fact that Darlington will be one of the few places in the North East not to have a BID will leave us very vulnerable from the neighbouring retail competition.

"It's such a shame that events like the food festival, the fashion show, the classic car show and the town's Christmas lights will now not take place, not to mention the blow to the economy by the loss of initiatives like The Little Book of Offers.

"It is a very sad day which I feel will have real repercussions for the town centre."

 

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