Proposals to create a Business Improvement District in Sunderland city centre have been welcomed by some local traders.
Harry Collinson, owner of Collinsons Jewellers, is also Chairman of the Sunderland City Centre Traders Association (SCCTA) and is a supporter of the BID. He said,
"I am very, very proud of my City, but it could be even better. Making improvements shouldn't just be down to the Council or individual groups - it's down to all of us. Which is why the BID proposal is such a good one - everyone is contributing both money and ideas. The BID gives us a chance to move the City forward. I urge anyone within the BID area to vote yes when they get the chance to do so."
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