Use your vote in Inverness and Loch Ness Tourism Business Improvement District ballot

Issued on behalf of the Ballot Holder, Donna Manson, The Highland Council Chief Executive

Voters are being urged to use their vote in the Visit Inverness Loch Ness Tourism Business Improvement District (BID) ballot which takes place on Thursday 7 March 2019.

Ballot papers were issued on Thursday 24 January 2019 to eligible voters on the proposal to renew the Visit Inverness Loch Ness Tourism Business Improvement District (BID) for a further 5 year period from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2024.

The ballot is being conducted entirely by post and all ballot papers must be returned in the pre-paid envelope provided, to the Electoral Reform Services, by no later than 5pm on Thursday 7 March 2019. The count will be held on Friday 8 March 2019 with the result announced at 2.30pm the same day.

Persons eligible to vote in the ballot are the eligible non-domestic ratepayers within the geographical area of the proposed BID. Anyone who thinks they are eligible to vote but have not received their ballot papers by Tuesday 26 February 2019 should contact the Electoral Reform Services (ERS) 33 Clarendon Road, London N8 0NW.

A Business Improvement District is a partnership between a local authority and the local business community to develop projects and services that will benefit the trading environment within the boundary of a clearly defined commercial area, where businesses have voted to invest collectively in local improvements which will benefit the local economy.

BIDs have a maximum current duration of 5 years, and are either dissolved at the end of their terms or go back to a vote to be renewed by a further ballot of all eligible businesses.

The BID arrangements and proposals are described in detail in the BID Business Plan, which has been issued to those eligible to receive a ballot paper, and copies are also available on request from Graeme Ambrose, Chief Executive Officer, Visit Inverness Loch Ness Ltd, c/o Forestry Commission, Tower Road, Smithton, Inverness, IV2 7NL; email graeme@visitiln.com or tel 01463 219219.

Further information on Visit Inverness Loch Ness Tourism BID can be obtained from their web-site www.visitinvernesslochness.com/

The ballot will be conducted on behalf of the Ballot Holder, Donna Manson, who is The Highland Council’s Chief Executive, by the Independent Scrutineer, Electoral Reform Services (ERS) of 33 Clarendon Road, London N8 0NW.

The notice of election can be viewed on The Highland Council’s website at:

https://www.highland.gov.uk/downloads/file/20118/notice_of_inverness_and_loch_ness_tbid_ballot_renewal



 

25 Feb 2019
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