A meeting had been arranged this Friday (8th November) at 6.30 pm for businesses who have been affected by the controversial Yorkshire Coast BID.
Participants are asked to attend the Revekstoke Hotel on Flamborough Road in Bridlington to discuss concerns about a vote for the bid, which many businesses claim was flawed.
The meeting had been organised by the Yorkshire Coast Levy Payers Association and the group are looking at challenging the BID by opposing the compulsory payment and how it is administered.
Businesses with a rateable value in excess of £12,000 are required to pay a compulsory levy to the BID fund of 1.5% of their current rateable value.
The BID (Business Improvement District) was created last year and is made up of around 1300 businesses in tourism and related industries. The coastal area covered by the scheme is from Spurn Point in the south to Staithes in the north and includes BRIDLINGTON, Filey, Scarborough and Whitby.
The BID is hoping to raise around £5 million over a five year period with funds used for festivals and events as well as improvements to tourist areas.
A number of BRIDLINGTON based businesses claim that they didn’t receive ballot papers after a vote last year decided by a majority of 42 to go ahead with the scheme. This was passed by 217 for the BID to 175 against on a turnout of just under 30%.