Brackmills team bids for five more years

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Better broadband speeds, enhanced traffic calming, 24-hour CCTV and a dedicated police presence have been promised by a business improvement group looking for re-election.

Brackmills BID has been in place for five years and is now looking for businesses on the estate to vote for a further five years.

Executive chairman Sara Homer said crime had dropped by 60 percent since the BID came into effect in 2009.

“In 2008 Brackmills was a decaying industrial area, one of the top UK targets for criminal gangs for theft of and from lorries, an area littered with cars, muddy verges and road hazards resulting in fatalities,” she said.

“Today crime is at an all-time low, roads are gritted in winter and the overall feel of the estate is cleaner and greener with new bus services, managed cycle paths and safer footpaths.

“We are confident that if we had not come together to form a Business Improvement District the decaying environment of Brackmills would have presented costly challenges to the businesses operating here. This new business plan not only addresses the physical challenges of 
the area but also creates a strong platform from which to provide even more business support in the coming years,” she added.

Further pledges included extra winter gritting and improved lighting, facilities for people to eat and meet, and better appearance on vacant sites.

The current five-year period comes to an end in 
May. Businesses on the estate pay into a fund at a rate of 
one percent of their rateable value.