Drogheda BID Submissions Report

Business Improvement District (BID) Scheme – Local Government Act 2001 as amended by the Local Government (Business Improvement Districts) Act 2006

Submissions Report
A proposal to establish a Business Improvement District (BID) was received by Louth County Council from the Drogheda Business Improvement District CLG.

The purpose of a Business Improvement District is to enable the ratepayers within the boundaries of the proposed BID to draw up a scheme of projects, services and works which are additional to those provided by Louth County Council and will be carried out for the benefit of the BID District.

The BID Proposal was available for inspection at the offices of Louth County Council, County Hall, Millennium Centre, St. Alphonsus Road, Dundalk, Co. Louth, A91 KFW6 and Louth County Council, Civic Offices, Fair Street, Drogheda, Co. Louth, A92 P440 from Wednesday, 1st May 2019 to Thursday, 30th May 2019. The BID Proposal was also made available on www.louthcoco.ie.

By the deadline of Thursday, 30th May 2019, 38 submissions were received.

All submissions were made available to the proponent of the BID as required by Section 129E(5) of the Local Government (Business Improvement Districts) Act 2006. The Drogheda Business Improvement District CLG is obliged to consider the submissions before reverting to the local authority to confirm or withdraw the request to hold a plebiscite.

The Local Government Act 2001, as amended by the Local Government (Business Improvement Districts) Act 2006, Section 129E(6), requires that a report be prepared on the submissions made and that a copy of the report be furnished to the members.

I have considered the submissions and report as follows:

All of the 38 submissions expressed their support for the BID proposal with a number expressing a view of the need for a Business Improvement District Scheme and what the establishment of such a scheme can achieve – a synopsis of which is set out hereunder:-

• The town needs life injected into it
• BIDS will pull together the ratepayers and bring Drogheda to a new level
• BIDS will provide funding for areas outside the remit of Louth County Council
• The potential to use empty/derelict properties for co-working spaces
• The Town Centre needs a Manager with passion to look after the issues affecting the town centre
• BIDS will enable Drogheda to be re-branded as a vibrant tourist friendly town
• BIDS will bring investment and much needed regeneration to the town
• BIDS will promote and improve the trading environment for the area and make Drogheda a greater place to work, live and socialise
• Now is a good time for the establishment of a BIDS following the success of the Fleadh
• BIDS will give businesses an input into making improvements and identifying other improvements to encourage shoppers back to the town
• Substantial revenue for a number of projects will be made available under the BID scheme
• Communication between similar industries can be developed via the BIDS
• The removal of graffiti and weeds along building parapets can be tackled in an organised fashion

Having considered the submissions received, I am of the opinion that the scheme is appropriate and does not conflict in a material way with the interests of the local community.

Ms. Colette Moss
Senior Executive Officer
Dated: 4th June 2019