‘Yes’ vote in BID could open the door on a bright future for Milngavie

Supporters and organisers of the BID
Supporters and organisers of the BID

More exciting plans for Milngavie town centre have been revealed by the organisers of the Business Improvement District (BID).

Traders and business owners should have received a detailed business plan for the BID by now to provide them with the information they need to take part in the crucial vote for or against the BID.

The postal ballot opened on February 3 and closes on March 17, at 5pm.

The BID, which would bring businesses and the community together to invest collectively in local improvements over five years, would pump a minimum of £500,000 into helping the trading environment in the town centre.

It would deliver a range of projects and services to boost the local economy and enhance the town centre as the heart of the community.

A ‘Yes’ vote would mean that each business would pay a compulsory annual levy towards the improvements. External funding could also be applied for.

One of the potential projects is a ‘welcome’ to the town initiative, which includes new signage at all entry points to the town centre.

Two key welcome features with the new ‘Milngavie shopping and leisure village’ branding would be placed at the Woodburn Way and Burnbrae roundabout.

The BID would also install new signs and maps in the town centre, including business directories.

And all levy payers would be able to apply for a grant of up to 50 per cent of the cost, capped at £1,500, to improve their business frontage.

Ian Lavrie, the BID steering group chairman, said: “These projects are part of a whole package of proposals designed to not only enhance our existing town centre as the heart of the community, but also to ‘up our game’ in making Milngavie a real destination of choice for visitors and customers alike.

“The days are gone when businesses can expect customers to come to them.

“This is all about presenting what Milngavie has to offer consumers near and far, whether it be for business services, leisure or retail opportunities.”