Another significant organisation in Lanark has recently declared its support for the Discover Lanark BID. The Lanark Community Development Trust (LCDT) has stated how the BID will be able to surpass what they have achieved themselves.
LCDT Chairman Sylvia Russell had this to say:
“I have heard some people comment that a BID isn’t necessary in Lanark as the Development Trust is already doing a great deal to improve the town. This concerns me greatly.
As chairman of the Trust I am proud of what we have achieved so far, such as restoring Castlebank Park, creating the Horticulture Centre, ‘Welcome’ boards at Lanark Station and entry points to the town, Christmas trees and hanging baskets on 100 business premises, electronic touch screens, the Wallace Close and of course organising the Flowerfest and creating the Winterfest programme. However, our funds are very limited, just think how much more could be done with £1 million pounds which will be available should the BID go ahead.
“This is about all businesses and the community working together for a better Lanark. No matter what kind of business you have in Lanark, I believe the BID will bring benefits. Lanark Community Development Trust is not a wealthy organisation, but we will be happy to pay our fair share of the levy due for the Castlebank Horticulture Centre. For the good of the town, I would encourage you to invest in the town’s businesses and vote YES.”
In addition, Lanimer Committee Chairman, John Dickman states:
“The prosperity of Lanark depends on the interface and interaction between its business and the community. Businesses, in return, can exploit opportunities through community activities, to help make trade in the town a more attractive prospect for residents and visitors alike. Few towns have an atmosphere such as Lanark enjoys when everything and everyone come together. The town knows well what community spirit feels like. It just needs a little push from all sides to feel that all year round.”
Remember that the Discover Lanark BID Ballot deadline is 5pm on Thursday 28th February 2019, at 5pm. If you are eligible to vote in the ballot we must receive your completed voting papers by that time. If you have any remaining questions about the Discover Lanark BID, please check the BID Business Plan, our updated FAQ page or contact Project Manager Gary Winning for a one-to-one meeting.
In the photograph below are Melissa Reilly, Development Manager and Sylvia Russell, Chairman of Lanark Community Development Trust, with Ernest Romer, Chair of Lanark in Bloom.