Drogheda will be seeking to follow in Dundalk’s footsteps with the establishment of a Business Improvement District Scheme (BIDS).
It became the first town in Ireland to adopt BIDS in 2009 and has been hailed as a great success, opening many doors in the business and tourism sector as a result over the last decade.
The scheme is common in the United States & United Kingdom where the ratepayers of a designated geographical area contribute an agreed additional percentage of their rates to be ring fenced for particular actions and projects in their area.
Dundalk has developed new town centre Christmas lighting, installation of a footfall monitoring systems and Townwatch Radio Network.
BIDS has also been part of visual art displays, living walls, floral displays, street cleaning and public realm upkeep, plus recently Super Saturday/ Independent Traders Day , a winter festival with ‘Dundalk on Ice’ running for 6 weeks a year.
Efforts have been made to make Dundalk the primary ‘market town’ in the region, enhance the cultural identity of the town, and to improve consumer’s night time experience by working towards the international purple flag accreditation.
The Dublin City scheme has been running for 11 years but has always stressed ‘that the key objectives and the initiatives being promoted by the BID scheme are new and additional services to those already provided by the council’.
It has worked on the prompt removal of graffiti/fly poster removal, improved Garda presence with increased foot/bike patrols to raise Daytime/Night time Security, better use of existing CCTV Cameras and extending coverage and improved level of street lighting.