Over the coming weeks Drogheda’s rate payers will have an opportunity to vote for the LOVEDROGHEDA BID proposal 2020 – 2025. Ballots for the BID plebiscite have gone out by post to all rate payers on 26th August and must be returned to Council offices in Dundalk by 19th September at 5pm.
A working group of Drogheda rate payers have submitted a Business Improvement District (BID) proposal to Louth County Council. If the proposal is successful LOVEDROGHEDA will become a force to make Drogheda a great place to work, live and socialise. It will represent over 1,550 Drogheda rate payers, working in collaboration with Drogheda’s business community, Louth County Council and voluntary organisations.
It is proposed to charge a BID levy of 3.5% on the total rate applied to each rateable property in the BID area.
Based on the rateable properties listing provided by Louth County Council, 49.2% of businesses in Drogheda will pay an annual BID levy of less than €100.
82.5% of businesses will pay a BID levy of less than €300.
One of the first initiatives was to ask Drogheda rate payers what are their top 10 things they want from a BID. Lots of great ideas and suggestions were received and the team has collated them into proposed projects. Some cost money and require resources, but they found that many did not cost anything, other than people’s time and collaboration.
The key to a successful city or town is working together – collaboration. The more a city collaborates, the more things happen. The Fleadh Cheoil was a monumental success that was built on a foundation of collaboration.
In collaboration with local businesses, Louth County Council, and An Garda Siochana the following areas will be developed:
- Tourism Development
- Town Infrastructure
- Enterprise & Business Development
- Skills & Training Development
- Events & Culture
The proposers expect the BID to be enacted, depending on the plebiscite, and a resolution being passed by at least one third of the members of Louth County Council by January 2020. The LOVEDROGHEDA BID will be enacted for a period of 5 years.
The chargeable period will begin on the commencement date, in accordance with the Act. Subject to the plebiscite and elected members vote, it is proposed that the commencement date would be 1 January 2020.Ballots for the BID plebiscite have gone out by post to all rate payers on 26th August and must be returned to Council offices in Dundalk by 19th September at 5pm.