With 47% of the PA23 business community in Dunoon completing their postal ballots for the Business Improvement District [BID] proposal, the result was a YES – with 60% of the votes, representing 78% of the rateable value of the postcode area.
This Positive Attitude is the signal that Dunoon is on the move – getting on with doing things for itself instead of waiting for them to be done for it, as it has been politically trained to do.
The proportion of the electorate that voted was higher than many in other Scottish BIDs.
The exhilarated and uncompromising announcement of the result made it clear, with its ‘no hangers on’ message, that this is an ‘all in together’ commitment to getting the town, with the huge conurbation of Inverclyde across the water, dusted down and geared up for change and growth.
The statement said: ‘ No Hangers On! Everyone contributes and everyone benefits. An important aspect of any Business Improvement District is that there are no hangers on. The legislation which provides for Business Improvement Districts to be established obliges those businesses in the defined BID zone to contribute. The majority vote carries the day but all businesses are obliged to contribute regardless of how they vote. This obligation strengthens the BID by ensuring that all businesses contribute – no hangers on! ‘
Well done Dunoon.