BIDS gets 78 per cent vote of confidence

Dundalk ratepayers have voted a resounding yes to the continuation of BIDS (Business Investment District Scheme), and along with it Dundalk Town Centre Commercial Management (TCCM).

Dundalk ratepayers have voted a resounding yes to the continuation of BIDS (Business Investment District Scheme), and along with it Dundalk Town Centre Commercial Management (TCCM).

Voting closed on Friday last, 9th December at 4pm, and the results of the count on Monday morning showed that 78 per cent voted in favour of the continuation of the pioneering scheme.

Chairperson of Dundalk BIDS, Brian O’Neill expressed his delight at the positive news

“This vote demonstrates the need for a TCCM office, a facility which is more important than ever in these very hard times.

“Looking forward, those needs must be clearly identified, both for the people of Dundalk and its business community in order that we can prosper and enjoy our town centre.

Indeed the new look town centre provides us with a fantastic “feel good” start.”

Dundalk Town Centre manager Andrew Mawhinney today thanked Dundalk rate payers for voting yes to BIDS and TCCM in such large numbers

He said, “Three years ago the ratepayers of Dundalk realised the value of BIDS and TCCM and I am delighted that they have once again given us their support.

“Both the vote turnout and the percentage in favour has almost doubled in size. This shows that BIDS and TCCM have been given a clear mandate by the business community to work alongside them in promoting Dundalk town centre. There will no doubt be challenges ahead, but working with the various bodies and retail associations we will continue to make a difference.”

Manager of the Marshes Shopping Centre, Harry Traynor said; “I am delighted to learn of the success of the most recent BIDS plebiscite and the support Dundalk ratepayers have given in the continuance of the TCCM.

“Having been actively involved in bringing BIDS to the town it was important that all recognised the progression and linkage that has been developed between the commercial life of the town and the Town Council and the role of TCCM is one I wholly support as I see the benefits first hand. Dundalk needs to have a life change, moving on from the historic difficulties we all identified with, introducing and progressing change through the pillars on which BIDS has been based. The town has a lot to offer and it’s positioning in retail hierachy can and will be altered with the support of all through the TCCM office. Congratulations to all who have had the vision to continue with the revival of the town.”