On 23 March the Council was due to decide whether to introduce a Late Night Levy for Gloucester. However, the meeting to confirm this has now been pushed back to allow the Council to run a consultation throughout June to invite comments on introducing a possible Business Improvement District.
The Council have said that the Levy is still an option for the City’s Licensed premises and that that could also run alongside the BID.
The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers and the British Beer and Pub Association have urged the City Council to follow neighbouring Cheltenham’s example and adopt a BID instead of a Late Night Levy. The introduction of a BID would mean that all businesses in a defined area have to pay the charge which differs from the Late Night Levy which is only paid by late night opening businesses. It is said that a BID is a good example of effective partnership working which will engage local businesses to help improve the local economy and it has been suggested that the Levy is a more punitive tax on already hard-pressed local businesses.
The Council are due to meet again on the 21 July.
For further information, please contact Andrew Cochrane.