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Bexleyheath traders have say on future of town centre

PUBLISHED: 12:27 01 July 2011 | UPDATED: 16:31 01 July 2011

Business owners are due to vote on whether they are in favour of a scheme which would take over the management of Bexleyheath town centre.

They are required to fill in a postal vote by Thursday and if implemented, it would mean that businesses on the Broadway, Bexleyheath would be required to pay a rate which would be reinvested in the town centre.

The Bexleyheath Improvement District would include managing trade pitches and buildings which are currently in council ownership.

Bexleyheath town manager, Ian Payne, who was brought in to establish the scheme, said: “It will improve and invigorate the town centre. We want to see more parking spaces at a realistic cost and a safer and cleaner area.

“A not for profit company will operate it and the police, council and schools will be able to put their views forward through an advisory committee.”

The first year levy of 1.15 per cent, calculated from a percentage of the rates they pay on their premises, will generate around £273,059, for it to go ahead, 51 per cent of the businesses have to say yes by Thursday.

Approximately 240 premises along the Broadway will be liable for the levy.

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