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Penge businesses urged to back BID vote

PUBLISHED: 14:12 16 February 2018 | UPDATED: 14:12 16 February 2018

Penge High Street. Picture: Google

Penge High Street. Picture: Google

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Traders in Penge town centre are being urged to vote yes in a ballot over the future of their area by March 1.

A group of local businesses are looking to set up a Business Improvement District (BID) to provide services designed to bring more customers and more spending into the area.

There are already successful BID teams operating in Orpington and Bromley town centres, and over the past few weeks, eligible businesses in Penge will have received a ballot paper from the council and a business plan that details the services that the BID is looking to offer.

This includes improved CCTV coverage, a group purchasing scheme designed to save traders money on bills, a free point of use fly-tipping removal service for local businesses and street rangers to improve local security.

The Steering Group behind the PengeSE20 BID includes members representing local traders such as Designer Drapes, Fosdicks Newsagents, Kirvan Bond Solicitors, Goldstores, Property World and Solitaire Jewellers.

Mark Painter, of Property World and the chair of the Penge SE20 Steering Group said: “This BID is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Penge town centre, but it will only happen if traders vote YES and get those ballot papers back to the council.

“We all want to see our town centre prosper and with this vote its future is in our hands.”

Cllr Peter Morgan, executive councillor for renewal and recreation added: “We are supportive of this proposal because it will put the Penge business community firmly in the driving seat to help bring about further improvements in the town centre.

“Experience locally and from across the country shows that BIDs help generate additional investment into town centres and this will be the case for Penge too, which would be a good thing for everyone.”

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