Funding loss angers Morecambe businesspeople

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MORECAMBE could be in line to lose £40,000 of council cash earmarked to boost the town’s shopping sector.

The money had been set aside to help set up a Business Improvement District (BiD) in the resort.

But an initial breakdown of Lancaster City Council’s 2012/13 budget did not include the £40,000, which was supposed to fund a feasibility study into the Morecambe BiD.

This has angered Morecambe businesspeople, especially as Lancaster’s BiD is pressing ahead.

John Bates, secretary of the Morecambe chamber of trade, said: “It is inconceivable that Lancaster City Council could be so crass as to exclude Morecambe from the BiD scheme.

“They cannot on the one hand accept that Lancaster will set its scheme in motion first and then on the other hand complain that Morecambe is lagging behind.

“We work entirely with volunteers who have to fit chamber work around the running of their own businesses. Nevertheless we have been able to introduce the scheme to Morecambe trade associations and are in the process of preparing to form a steering group to carry the BiD process forward.

“The cabinet of Lancaster City Council would be unwise to fund the BiD process for Lancaster and not for Morecambe.

“But Lancaster City Council has a history of making disastrous decisions where Morecambe commerce is concerned.”

See The Visitor (24-01-12) for full story.