Businesses back five more years of business improvement district on Brackmills Estate

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Businesses on the Brackmills Estate in Northampton have voted for a further five years of the business improvement district (BID).

The estate, which first became a BID in 2009, secured the ‘yes’ vote on Friday.

A spokeswoman said: “Resident companies will now continue to pool an annual levy – a total of nearly £2million over five years - and this will be used to fund initiatives, events and projects identified as priorities by the businesses themselves.

“These will include improved broadband and power supply, traffic calming without road humps, extra winter gritting and improved lighting, CCTV cameras 24/7, a dedicated Police Community Support Officer for the estate and a better appearance of vacant sites.”

Sara Homer, executive chairman of the Brackmills BID, said: “We are delighted to have secured the YES vote and look forward to building on the dramatic improvements we have already made on this estate, to retain our status as the UK’s premier business and logistics parks, to keep crime at an all-time low and to now focus on the priorities businesses identified as important to them over the next five years.”

Before becoming a BID Brackmills was a decaying industrial area, with crime at an all-time high, she said. It has been reduced by over 60 per cent in the last five years.

She added: “That would still be the same today if we had not come together to form a Business Improvement District. By voting YES we can now build on all our improvements and successes.”