Brighouse businesses urged not to miss out on chance to have say on future

Euan Noble from Rokt Climbing Gym
Euan Noble from Rokt Climbing Gym

The deadline is fast approaching for Brighouse businesses to have their say on proposals to develop a Business Improvement District (BID) for the town.

The BID Steering Group are urging all town centre businesses to give their views and return the surveys which have been delivered in the past few weeks.

The responses will help form the business plan for the BID which will then be voted on later in the year.

A number of key issues have been raised in the survey so far – including the need to promote and market Brighouse better in the future, the desire for an improved, business-led crime prevention scheme and the importance of improving access to the town centre, whether by car or public transport.

The survey has also been asking about the boundaries of the District. The current view is that the focus should be the town centre itself rather than the industrial areas on the outskirts of the town, but the Steering Group, who are being supported in their BID development by Calderdale Council, would welcome more input before a final decision is taken next month.

The deadline for surveys to be returned is Friday 18 May and businesses can complete it online at www.brighousebid.co.uk

After the survey, workshops will take place in June when businesses will have a chance to hear more of the feedback from the survey and influence the direction of the business plan.

Euan Noble from Rokt in Brighouse is one of the business leaders on the Steering Group. He said: “This is an exciting opportunity for Brighouse businesses to directly influence the future direction of Brighouse town centre.

"We need as many of them to get involved in the process and have their say so we can build a business plan that truly takes the town to new heights.”