THE Ulverston Business Improvement District (BID) has been voted in for another five years.

The BID hopes to use this time to improve the town and make it a "thriving community that people can be proud of".

Jan Hancock, chairman for Ulverston BID, said: “First of all I would like to thank the levy payers who have shown commitment to and confidence in the Ulverston BID by voting yes. We now have a new mandate to continue to serve you and the whole of Ulverston until 2025.

“Secondly a huge thank you to the team at SLDC who guided us through the re-vote process and Civica for managing the ballot so efficiently, it would have been a baffling process without you.

“As we go forward with the new mandate we guarantee to continue to deliver projects that will support and promote the town, showcasing Ulverston as a fantastic place for businesses to invest in and recruit successfully, creating a thriving community for local people to be proud of and a town full of vibrancy that will encourage visitors to explore and enjoy all that Ulverston has to offer.

“To achieve this we will work in partnership with the town’s businesses, community groups, schools and local authorities to establish effective relationships to provide the best outcomes for the benefit of the whole of Ulverston.

“So as we enter this exciting new era we give our promise to work together with the levy payers in all we do, our aims are your aims, help us go forward, support the endeavours of Ulverston BID by joining us to plan for the future.”

The results after a 28-day postal ballot, administered by Civica Election Services, on the renewal of Ulverston BID for the next term are as follows:

n Total number of votes cast in the ballot, excluding any given on ballot papers rejected – 171

n Total number of votes cast in favour of the proposed Business Improvement District for Ulverston – 90

This means the proposal to renew the Business Improvement District for Ulverston was approved. A majority of the business ratepayers in the proposed BID area who voted, voted in favour of the proposal, both by aggregate rateable value and numbers voting.

Under the Coronovirus Act 2020, section 79 the existing term was automatically extended to March 31 so the present board is obliged to remain in place until that date. When they stand down, levy payers will be encouraged to apply for election to the new board.

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