Falkirk BID aims for five-year term

Mark Smith hangs baskets in Newmarket Street as part of a BID initiative
Mark Smith hangs baskets in Newmarket Street as part of a BID initiative

A project dedicated to the improvement of Falkirk town centre has unveiled its plans for the future.

Falkirk Business Improvement District (BID) recently completed its first three-year term and is now asking local firms to give them the opportunity to continue for a further five-year period.

First launched in 2007, BID represents the interests of town centre traders and works alongside Falkirk Council in delivering projects which benefit both firms and the public.

The introduction of taxi marshalls, a re-launched monthly farmer’s market and visual enhancements such as floral arrangements and a graffiti response team are among the projects successfully introduced.

BID covers the main shopping area of the town, from Garrison Place in the north, Cow Wynd and Williamson Street in the south, Cockburn Street in the west and Bellevue Street in the east.

A minimum of 25 per cent of businesses in the area are required to take part in the ballot, with more than 50 per cent voting in favour, if the project is to continue.

Chairwoman Corrie Cuthbertson said: “We want to continue with our most successful projects, such as taxi marshalls, street ambassadors and popular on-street events.

“Above and beyond, we want to introduce new ideas such as a property ehancement scheme, on-street recycling and creating a long-term plan for the future of the town centre.

“In its first term, the BID has been successful in attracting good levels of additional funding, which has enabled it to deliver its ambitious programme of projects and services.

“I firmly believe the choice is clear and I hope others will join me in supporting a second term of the Falkirk BID.”

A number of well-known Falkirk businesses, including Howgate shopping centre, Thomas Johnston butchers, GW Smith Cycles and Behind the Wall have already backed continuing the project.

Superintendent Robbie McGregor, area manager for Central Scotland Police, said: “Delivering safer, stronger communities is the priority for Central Scotland Police. I am delighted to be part of the BID management team that has contributed so positively to making the area safer and friendlier.”

Councillor Adrian Mahoney added: “The BID makes Falkirk town centre a better place to live, work and visit.

“High-profile projects, real improvements on the ground, and a commitment to deliver real value for money for levy-payers has produced lots of successes in recent years.

“There’s still lots to do and I hope local businesses will continue to give their support to the BID.”