At an extraordinary Town Council meeting held last night, the 28th April, the BID Boards proposal to close the BID Company was rejected by Councillors. After speeches by several Councillors, 9 Councillors voted to reject the BID Boards proposal. This means that their single vote will be cast against the BID Company closure.
The Mayor, Councillor Rob Lyons, graciously allowed me to clarify the legal position of the BID in order to assist Councillors in their deliberations. I confirmed that closure of the BID Company did not legally end the BID project. I explained that the BID in the legal sense is the 5 year business plan, which defines the BID District, developed by the BID task force in consultation with over 160 Dartmouth Business owners, before the vote in October 2013 . The BID Company is simply formed to deliver the BID Plan after the establishment through ballot of a legal BID district, and it’s closure does not end the legally formed BID District. This information is based on advice from experts in BID legislation.
Councillors expressed mixed feelings about the BID and I agreed that the BID Company has failed to deliver many of the projects outlined in the BID Plan. I recommended that the proper action to take in these circumstances is not to close the BID Company, but to strengthen the BID Management team to ensure that the BID plan can be delivered. No one can doubt that managing the BID has been a difficult task, but successful companies are those that navigate their way through these management difficulties and come out the other end a stronger company. That is what is required of the BID Company.
I noted that no member of the BID Board was present at the Council meeting.