James Brokenshire has welcomed news that Sidcup businesses have voted in favour of the establishment of a Sidcup Business Improvement District, with businesses planning to work together to increase footfall and build a sense of community amongst traders and residents.
The plans follow the implementation of similar Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) in Bexleyheath and Orpington and will see businesses contribute on a yearly basis towards the work of the BID. Elsewhere, BIDs have helped attract new customers to town centres with events which can help local businesses to prosper and create a renewed sense of civic pride.
Of the 170 businesses that cast a vote, almost 69% voted in favour of the new BID.
Commenting following the news, James said:
“The past five years have seen real change in Sidcup. We now have an attractive and vibrant High Street thanks to the work of the Council, community and local businesses. We've also seen improvements around Sidcup station, where increased student numbers and investment have created a further sense of renewal.”
“The success of the BID vote provides a new opportunity for businesses and local residents to work together to improve Sidcup even further."