New Addington traders hope to get estate classified as Business Improvement District
TRADERS in New Addington hope to launch a BID to attract more people to the estate.
Shopkeepers in Central Parade this week confirmed they have started to campaign to get the estate classified as a Business Improvement District (BID).
A BID is an agreement between the council and business community for a set period which aims to promote trading environments, making it safer and more appealing for shoppers.
Ken Burgess, chair of New Addington and Central Parade Business Partnership, said: "We think being part of a BID is exactly what New Addington needs. Personally I think it would work really well for us.
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"The idea is we would get a say in how things can be improved upon around here, while also getting to shout about the great things that the area has to offer, which is an awful lot in my eyes.
"New Addington is very different to many areas. We are classified as a ward when in reality we are much bigger than that, and when you look at the array of shops we have on offer up here, it is really very good.
"You have everything you need, but you are still surrounded by the countryside."
And Mr Burgess, who runs the Burgess Boys Pet Care Centre on the parade, said he believes being part of a BID would rally community spirit in the area.
"All of the businesses will work together to combat what we believe are common problems," he explained.
"If it was all put through and successful then all the businesses included in the BID would pay a levy, and there would be a pot of money to deal with things that need doing in the area.
"For us in New Addington there are a number of areas which no-one looks after at the moment, including things like the stairwells and making sure the streets are cleaned, and we would make sure they were all looked after. We want to make New Addington as appealing as possible."