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Vote over creation of Dingwall Business Improvement District is announced


By Scott Maclennan


Business figures George Laurie (left) and Alpin Stewart (right) with BID organisers George Murray and Lorraine Chisholm. Picture: Callum Mackay. Image No. 043021
Business figures George Laurie (left) and Alpin Stewart (right) with BID organisers George Murray and Lorraine Chisholm. Picture: Callum Mackay. Image No. 043021

THE vote for Dingwall traders to head to the polls and decide whether they want to have a business improvement district (BID) has been confirmed as November 28 – with the result expected the next day.

Efforts have been under way for just under two years to establish a BID in the market town to act as a spur for businesses and raise footfall.

With Highland Council not having any grounds to veto the proposal, the last formal impediment to announcing the vote was removed.

A potential Dingwall BID would advance a range of issues agreed on by businesses following consultation – including maintaining free parking, and making sure the town is not just clean and attractive but safe and secure as well.

BID project manager George Murray welcomed the news, he said: “I think the council and the councillors themselves have seen that a business improvement district is going to be of huge benefit to the town. They know that budgets are shrinking and investment is going with it which is where we come in.

“The fact is we need to encourage investment in the town. BID can do that actively by promoting the town. The town is on the right track to reopening the MacDonald Monument. So I seriously believe that things are on the up.”



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