Business decision for Kendal

Businesses in Kendal will find out today if they're going to be part of a Business Improvement District initiative.

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Kendal votes yes for Business Improvement District

Businesses in Kendal have voted to support an economic regeneration plan that would see it become part of a BID initiative.

Being part of a Business Improvement District gives people more of a say on how to revamp their town, but also means paying more money on top of their council tax.

43% of the 696 businesses eligible to take part voted with 217 of the 301 votes cast supporting the initiative.

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Vote results due on Kendal business initiative

Shops on Highgate in Kendal would be included in the Business Improvement District. Credit: ITV news

Business owners in Kendal are expected to find out today if they are going to be part of an initiative which would give them more say in decisions of how to improve the town centre.

Last week, they voted on plans for a Business Improvement District.

It would take in shops on Kirkland and Highgate.

Shops in Kirkland in Kendal would also be included in the Business Improvement District. Credit: ITV news

Decision due on future of Kendal's business

Businesses in Kendal will find out today if they are going to be part of a BID initiative.

Being part of a Business Improvement District would give them the chance to make their own decisions about how to spruce up the town and encourage more people to shop and use services in the centre.

However, it would also mean paying 1% of the rateable value of their property to the BID.

Some businesses are in favour of it, arguing it is a small price to pay for being able to make their own decisions.

Other businesses argue it is a lot of money to pay on top of council rates, with larger businesses paying more for the same service.

Voting closed on Friday and the result is expected to be announced today.

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