A group of Bridlington businesses have successfully lobbied East Riding of Yorkshire Council to support an inquiry into the Yorkshire Coast BID (Business Improvement District) plan.
A meeting was held at the Revelstoke Hotel in early November to voice concerns about the vote for the BID, which some businesses claim was flawed.
The meeting was organised by the splinter group, Yorkshire Coast Levy Payers Association, which opposed the compulsory payment and how it is administered.
Businesses with a rateable value in excess of £12,000 are required to pay a compulsory level of 1.5% of their current rateable value to the BID fund.
The BID was created last year and is made up of around 1300 businesses within the tourism and related industries. The coastal area covered by the scheme includes Bridlington, Filey and towns along the East and North Yorkshire Coast.
At the ERYC Meeting held at County Hall in Beverley, the council supported a motion by Bridlington Councillor Andy Walker which resolved to:-
1). Acknowledge that many levy-paying businesses have expressed grave concerns that the BID ballot process was flawed
2). Support Scarborough Borough Council in all aspects of the inquiry into the BID process as decided at its Full Council meeting on 4th November 2019.
*Scarborough Borough Council formally adopted a motion to instigate an independent and impartial inquiry into the ballot process at its meeting on 4th November 2019.