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Newbury Town Council has voted “Yes” unanimously in favour of renewing the Newbury Business Improvement District (The Newbury BID) arrangements for a further five years.

The Town Mayor, Cllr Billy Drummond, welcomed the BID CEO, Melissa Hughes and Operations Manager, Alison Drummond, to the meeting of the Council on Monday 31 January. The members of the Council had already received copies of the BID’s Term 3 Business Plan  and Melissa and Alison answered questions from the Councillors on the Plan.

Cllr Martin Colston, who is a member of the BID board, told the Council that he had seen first-hand the great work that the BID do to promote Newbury and generate footfall for businesses in the Town Centre. Councillors congratulated the BID on the success of the Newbury’s first Victorian Christmas Fayre in December, the Christmas Lights events and the recent installation of the new and improved CCTV in the Town Centre. There was also praise for the work that the BID carried out in helping to re-open the town centre after lockdown.

The Town Mayor, Cllr Billy Drummond, said that he was very pleased with the strong show of support by the Council for the BID, saying, “The BID and the Town Council work closely together on many matters of shared interests and mutual concerns. There is good partnership working between the BID’s management team and the Council’s officers. The BID levy, which is only 1.5% of the rates paid on members’ properties, represents excellent value for money.    

The Council strongly urges other BID levy payers to support the work of the BID for a further 5 years.”

All BID levy payers should have received their ballot papers by now and valid votes must reach the election centre in London by 5 pm on Thursday 24 February 2022


Cllr Martin Colston, Leader of the Council martin.colston@newbury.gov.uk 01635 36591

Hugh Peacocke, CEO Newbury Town Council hugh.peacocke@newbury.gov.uk 01635 35486

Hugh Peacocke Casting 'YES' Vote For Newbury BID, On Behalf Of The Town Council

Photograph of Hugh Peacocke, CEO Newbury Town Council, casting the ‘YES’ vote on behalf of the Town Council.