Dunfermline BID re-ballot results
Archived news: published on Friday 21 Jun 2019 by Fife Council
Dunfermline's Business Improvement District (BID) company, Dunfermline Delivers secures large majority 'Yes' in 'Number of Votes' but a small margin of 'No' votes in 'Rateable Value' meaning that the BID will no longer exist.
Following a vote by town centre businesses on whether to renew the ballot, Fife Council announced on Friday (21 June) that although there were 99 votes in favour of the BID proposal to renew for a further five year term and 51 votes against, there was a majority 'No' vote by £4,159,250 terms of 'rateable value' compared with £3,632,725 'Yes' Vote.
On 8 May ballot papers were issued to all Business Improvement District (BID) businesses and levy payers, inviting them to vote in the renewal ballot for six weeks until voting closed on Thursday 20 June.
Fife Council has committed to continue with Outwith Festival for this year. The Festival will take place from the 3-8 September. Dunfermline Delivers will also proceed with the town’s first ever shortlisting for the UK awards, Britain in Bloom and the shortlisting of Outwith for the UK’s best Cultural Scheme Awards.
Lloyd Pitcairn, Chair of Dunfermline Delivers: “We would like to say a big thank you to all the businesses that voted and we take huge comfort from the fact that it was a resounding yes in terms of numbers - businesses voted in favour by two thirds, a much bigger majority in favour than the last time. Unfortunately, the vote in terms of rateable value means that we can no longer continue our work in Dunfermline town centre.”
Lisa Edwards, BID Manager with Dunfermline Delivers, said: “We have worked very hard for Dunfermline Town Centre over the last few years and it has paid dividends. Compared to comparable towns Dunfermline has been bucking the trend. The Outwith Festival will continue for this year. However, after September we will not be able to continue with our programme of events and activities."
There are 4 tests that need to be met for the Ballot to be successful. These are:
- A minimum turn out in respect of eligible voters
- A minimum turn out in respect of aggregate rateable value
- A majority in favour of the proposal and
- A majority of rateable value also in favour
Councillor Helen Law, Convener of the City of Dunfermline area committee, said: “This result has come as a shock and I’m really disappointed to be honest.
“We’re currently looking at what the options are, but rest assured we’ll do all we can to make sure that we build on the excellent work that’s been done so that Dunfermline town centre continues to grow.”