The ballot to renew Marble Arch London BID will be held in line with The Business Improvement Districts (England) Regulations 2004 by Civica, on behalf of Westminster City Council – the ballot holder.
As we plan to slightly change the BID area footprint, this is therefore a Renewal and Alteration Ballot, rather than a simple Renewal Ballot.
Civica will carry out a pre-ballot canvass of all properties eligible to vote in the ballot between Tuesday 8 December 2020 and Thursday 7 January 2021. This exercise is to determine as many named voters as possible, so that ballot papers can reach the right person at every BID member organisation and reduces the risk of ballot papers becoming lost and having to be replaced.
The formal Notice of Ballot to BID voters, and the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, will be issued by post on Thursday 21 January 2021. This will be issued to the named voter nominated in the above exercise. Where no named voter was identified, the Notice of Ballot will be addressed to The Business Ratepayer. This also provides one last opportunity to designate a named voter if this has not already been done.
Ballot papers will be issued by post to the named voter at the nominated address on Thursday 4 February 2021. Businesses will have until 5 pm on Thursday 4 March to return completed ballot papers.
The result of the ballot will be declared by City of Westminster’s Returning Officer on Friday 5 March.
If a majority of businesses (by both number and rateable value) vote in the ballot to support the BID’s renewal and alteration, then the BID’s second term will formally start on 1 April 2021.