Vote on continuing investment in town centre
Wimbledon town centre businesses are now balloting on continuing the area’s Business Improvement District (BID) named ‘Love Wimbledon’.
Businesses in the town voted to enter a 5 year term in 2012 and contribute an annual investment to improve the town centre.
The renewal ballot for the second term opened today (September 22) and will close on Thursday October 20. The Love Wimbledon result will be announced on 21st October at 10am.
An extra £500,000 a year is invested by businesses into the BID. This delivers increased cleaning and security, hanging baskets, bee-friendly planting, events (Big screen tennis/ Winter Wonderland / Autumn Arts), Christmas lights, markets and pop ups.
It works on reducing crime and improving safety, lobbying utility companies, getting dead trees replaced, pursuing the station façade clean or patrolling the streets to secure the removal of graffiti and fly tipping. It is also working to minimise the impact of Crossrail 2 on the town centre.
Helen Clark Bell, Chief Executive of Love Wimbledon BID said: “Since Love Wimbledon started in 2012, we have made a significant difference to the town centre, to make it more attractive and exciting for residents to visit, increasing footfall, which encourages more shops and offices to locate here.
“This then provides a virtuous circle and leads to improvements for everyone. I am looking forward to securing the support of the business community for another 5 year term so we can continue to support Wimbledon town centre to be a strong town centre.”
September 22, 2016