Defeated BID chairman warns ‘Boston will be dead without us’ - and calls for help to keep Christmas event going

Alan Ellis
Alan Ellis

Traders voted to ditch Boston BID in a close-run election – with the body’s chairman warning ‘the town will be dead without us’.

The vote saw just 48 per cent of businesses who took part opt in favour of five more years of the BID (Business Improvement District) – a result which spells the end of the town rangers.

It is still hoped though that the Christmas market and lights switch-on will go ahead.

Boston BID chairman Alan Ellis told The Standard: “Boston is going to be dead without BID. It’s definitely the wrong move. We are going to slip behind other towns.”

He will meet with businesses tomorrow (Thursday) and hopes to get help with the Christmas event.

He added: “We have got to pay the stars so why not push ahead? It’s not fair on everybody to drop it, people are looking forward to it.”

Mr Ellis said in the second term BID was due to expand the town ranger service, which has now come to an end.

In total, 239 votes were cast – a turnout of 44.5 per cent – with 115 in favour, five short of a majority.

The ‘rateable value’ of the businesses who voted was £6,212,550. The value of the 115 in favour was £3,912,750 – 63 per cent of the total.

To win, the votes in favour had to be 50 per cent in terms of value and the number cast.

The Standard understands there may be a challenge to the result – with the suggestion that some votes may not have been correctly counted.

To help out at the Christmas market, attend Thursday’s meeting, at 7.30am at Artisan in Emery Lane.