Ballot on extending Oban’s BID status approved

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Argyll and Bute Council has given the go-ahead for a ballot to extend the Business Improvement District (BID) in Oban for another five years.

A BID is an area in which businesses invest and work together to improve the trading environment for businesses, their customers and visitors. BIDs can only exist if there is support from a clear majority of local businesses in a vote.

The proposal for the ballot follows BID4Oban completing its second term, with a number of objectives delivered for the town’s economy over the past 10 years.

The ballot will be conducted by post from Thursday August 25 to Thursday October 6.

For the BID to progress, a minimum 25 per cent turnout is required and, of those that vote, over 50 per cent by number and 50 per cent by combined rateable value must vote in favour.

If approved, the BID levy could raise nearly £842,000 over the next five years. The third term of the BID would begin on November 1, 2022 and run until October 2027.

Councillor Robin Currie, policy lead for economy and rural growth, said: ‘Working together and pooling resources can create opportunities and achieve successes that would not be possible alone.

‘We want to do all possible to support local economic growth and so are pleased to agree the proposal for this ballot – it gives local businesses the opportunity to decide together what they want to happen next.’