Carluke BID slammed by businessman Robert Brooks

Carluke High Street...centre of BID controversy
Carluke High Street...centre of BID controversy

ONE of Carluke’s leading businessmen has slammed the BID scheme to boost the town’s economic fortunes, claiming its chances of success are “virtually nil”.

The attack from Robert Brooks came after he was landed with a bill for £1500 from scheme organisers to promote his four premises in the town.

The trouble is that only ONE of them is still a shop, the others being turned over to storage use years ago.

In addition, he attacked the BID organisers for “telling us absolutely nothing about the progress of the scheme; the first communication I’ve had from them since they started in November was their bill!”

He also demanded that it be revealed exactly how many Carluke businesses voted to take part in the scheme.

A spokesman for the BID said full information on what premises were legally liable for the BID levy – and what exemptions could be made – had been widely circulated; the council’s role was only to collect the levy on behalf of BID and that the money would be ploughed back into boosting the Carluke economy.

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