Photo: Workers are clad in high visibility jackets with the Southport BID logo on

Southport BID washing levy tax down the drain

Several town centre streets have been pressure washed over the last week, Southport BID are deep cleaning 10,000 square metres of the town. understands Southport BID organised this with the money taxed from the town centre businesses.

The BID have given this contract to Essex based company Primoserve who will be pressure washing over 10,000 square metres of the town.

This means that taxes raised from the BID levy charged to Southport’s businesses are going to out of town businesses.

ots-arcadePhoto: A rotten Cambridge Arcade (17 November 2016)


Shop owners have had there say on social media, Dan Gilbert said: “Why don’t you give the council land behind my shop a go, seeing as you force this levy upon us all.”

Terry Cockwill said: “Yeah and then took us two hours to clean the front of my shop because of the mess it made”.

Another person said: “Yet another Southport BID disaster.

1) Where the hell has all the money gone ….Half a million pounds of it!… that they collect through the levy? They are yet again planning to ask the Council for extra funds for more of their useless ideas at the next meeting.

2) This BID achieves nothing, based on pounds collected for return, for this town. It’s cliquey and if you are not in the inner circle, your business suffers.

3) They won’t fund any event they have no personal interest in.

4) The original Sefton Tourism dept was/is far more effective…..

These BID guys need to go, it’s not working, they have no ideas that work, they are unable to generate any substantial investment for the town. Sloman is only interested in events involving booze or bars. Coffee shops are their ‘jewel in the crown’. One thing they may have overlooked….under the Companies Act they (the directors and managers 11 of them!) are personally liable for negligence or mis management of monies They can not hide behind a LTD company”.

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Manager of Southport BID Andrew Sloman said: “The idea is to do an additional deep clean above and beyond the normal street cleaning regime to remove all the stains and chewing gum and to target those which have a lot of footfall like Neville Street and Wesley Street. We are a tourist resort and it’s important that it looks as good as possible.”

So has the BID improved Southport since it started…..

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