Councillors hit out at BID re-election plans
MIXED reactions were given regarding Boston's Business Improvement District (BID) as councillors discussed whether to support re-election of the scheme.
Boston BID is seeking re-election for another five years and Boston Borough Council's cabinet met last week to decide how it would vote.
BBC has 17 properties in the BID area and agreed to use all 17 votes in favour.
The authority's cabinet supported the proposal but Councillors Carol Taylor and Paul Gleeson, who are not cabinet members, also attended the meeting and criticised the business plan.
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Independent councillor, Carol Taylor said: "The BID has been in for five years and has not generated any further income.
"It all sounds great promoting Boston but it has not happened.
"Fifty per cent of the money goes to the town rangers.
"The business plan is not a plan.
"The BID has had five years to do what it said they were going to do."
Labour councillor Paul Gleeson said the BID should be looking for match funding.
He said: "They are looking to raise £25,000 themselves.
"The business plan is not a very good one.
"It is the decision of businesses in the town but it is not a great plan for the future."
Despite the criticism from Councillors Gleeson and Taylor, cabinet members voted in favour of casting the 17 votes.
Councillor Michael Brookes said: "The BID had teething problems in the start but it has improved tremendously over the last two to three years.
"I think we should support them and cast our votes and let people know what we think. I support the recommendations to cast our vote in favour."
The current BID term ends on November 30, 2013.
For the BID to continue for another five years, 50 per cent of voters must be in favour.
For more information on the BID log on to www.bostonbid.co.uk.