Businesses in St Andrews have just voted in favour of setting up a Business Improvement District for the town.
A lengthy campaign resulted in 100 votes in favour of the BID, with 69 against. The BID area covers a huge range of businesses, the university, and Fife Council properties.
In terms of rateable value – one of the factors in a successful voting outcome – 68% voted in favour.
Many town centre businesses, including hotels, restaurants, take-aways and cafes, are involved in the food and drink sector.
Bid Chairman Ken Dalton Ken Dalton expressed delight that the hard work of so many volunteers across the town has been rewarded in such a positive way.
“We can take a brief moment to celebrate – for and on behalf of our entire community – before the work begins on delivering a real business improvement district that will best support the town, its businesses, residents and visitors.
“The BID is there for each and every business – whether they voted for it or not. We look forward to forging new and innovative partnerships and to delivering all that we have promised.”
The chair of Fife Council’s North East Fife Area Committee, councillor Frances Melville, welcomed the decision.
“I’m delighted that local businesses have decided to back the BID. This is a great result for the town and surrounding areas as we move forward in partnership.
“Although St Andrews is a vibrant place there are always improvements and changes that can be made to further improve the local economy and trade.
“We’re looking forward to working closely with the BID St Andrews team on many exciting projects to bring long-term benefits to the town and the surrounding area”, she said.
The BID will result in investment of almost £1 million over the next five years in areas such as marketing and promotion, improved accessibility, clean and green initiatives, and improved amenities.
The BID area concentrates on the town centre, but businesses outwith the boundary will be able to opt-in if they wish.