Peter Monahan and Anna McKenna of the Drogheda City Status Group during a visit to the Dail a couple of years ago.
The Drogheda City Status Group (DCSG) have called on all ratepayers having a vote to support BID – the Business Improvement District proposal which will benefit both local businesses and the community.
Ballot papers must be signed, dated and returned by Thursday, 19th September. DCSG has also called on the wider community to lobby for the initiative by securing the support of those local businesses they support for the BID proposal.
“This is an exciting initiative that promises to make Drogheda an even greater location in which to live, work and socialise in” DCSG Chairperson Anna McKenna said.
“The local business owners who have put so much energy in leading this proposal now need the full support of all ratepayers to use their vote in favour of the “Love Drogheda BID” proposal.
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“It is both an important and unique opportunity to secure much needed additional funds to enhance the appearance of Drogheda; create much needed employment locally and direct more focus on developing Drogheda’s obvious tourism potential to mention just some of what’s planned,” said Anna.
DCSG see the “Love Drogheda Business Improvement District” as a much needed opportunity for local businesses and other ratepayers to demonstrate a vote of confidence in Drogheda’s future as Ireland’s next city. Already, Dublin, Dundalk and Sligo have successful BIDs and both Kilkenny and Waterford are following Drogheda’s lead in seeking to establish one.
“It’s a “win-win” opportunity. The funds generated will be invested in enhancing the shopping and commercial areas in Drogheda, making it more attractive for shoppers, workers and people socialising in the evenings. That’s also good for business and will create extra jobs locally.
“By investing in the BID proposal, local businesses and other ratepayers are giving something to the community, and in turn, getting it back through more support from locals and visitors alike, building on the success of the Fleadh.
“For three out of every four local ratepayers, their contribution equates to less than five euro a week, and it’s tax deductable – but this modest cost has the potential to generate over two million additional euro for local projects over the next five years,” said Anna.
“We now call on all the community to ensure local businesses they frequent vote in favour of BID. That includes industry and all types of retail businesses, and in the hospitality area, the cafes, bars, restaurants and hotels. Professionals too who enjoy the support of locals also need to vote in support of BID in the remaining days of the ballot – including Doctors; Dentists; Accountants and Solicitors,” added the DCSG Chairperson.
“The entire community is fortunate that a dedicated group of business leaders share our love of and vision for a bigger, better Drogheda and have invested in this initiative. Their fellow ratepayers owe it to them and the wider community to vote “yes” and benefit from Drogheda becoming an even better place to live, work, shop and socialise in,” concluded Anna McKenna.