"“I think we are damned if we do and damned if we don’t but I do think we have to take matters into our own hands here.”
"Before the BID, which is backed by Scarborough Council and East Riding of Yorkshire Council can come into effect a month-long postal vote of the 1,300 businesses will be held through November, with ballots arriving on Thursday. The BID team must secure more than 50% of the businesses to vote in favour. Also, the total rateable value of those who vote ‘yes’ must exceed that of the ‘no’ votes. If approved, money collected would be put into a pot and projects will be devised between the partner groups and business as to what it should be spent on. Originally, the plan was for Redcar and Saltburn to be included as part of the bid area.
However, Redcar and Cleveland Council withdrew its support for the scheme earlier this year. Councillors on the authority had raised concerns about forcing businesses that voted against the BID to pay the levy.
Figures from the BID team show that businesses in Scarborough town on their own would contribute more than £2.36 million of the £5.4m raised over the five-year period. The next highest contributor would be Bridlington with £850,000."
Oh Dear.... tis like a mini-EU, innit : https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/mar/16/brexitland-britain...
"The rise of “city breaks” – 48-hour bursts of foreign cultures, easier on the pocket and annual leave balance – has increased tourist numbers, but not their geographic spread. The same attractions have been used to market cities such as Paris, Barcelona and Venice for decades, and visitors use the same infrastructure as residents to reach them. “Too many people do the same thing at the exact same time,” says Font. “For locals, the city no longer belongs to them.”
"What to do about it is less obvious. In tourists and residents’ battle for supremacy of shared spaces, local authorities are uncomfortably in the middle. The tourism and travel sector is one of the largest employers in the world, with one new job created for every 30 new visitors to a destination – but at what cost to locals’ quality of life?"
“When tourists dress differently to us, eat differently, and are active at different times of the day,” he says, “we resent them much, much more.”
"For the wise man looks into space and he knows there is no limited dimensions. Lao Tzu"
Thick as Thieves.