I had heard might be happening a while back but saw article in SLP on Friday. BIDs started in the US and the idea was brought here by the last Government. They are controversial both here and in US. There has been no consultation with Brixton residents about this. From what I have read residents do not get much say in it. Though it could affect people who live and work in a BID area who do not run a business in the area. The one proposed in Fitsrovia has caused debate in the local press. Worth a look as Fitsrovia also has large residential population. In a BID area there is no obligation to consult residents. http://news.fitzrovia.org.uk/2012/0...t-business-improvement-district-is-announced/ "Under BID regulations it is not necessary to consult smaller businesses or residents. When BIDs are created in areas dominated by businesses of a similar size and where there are no residents living the decision to approve a BID or not becomes a simple case of a democratic vote. But in mixed-use areas like Fitzrovia where there are thousands of residents and smaller businesses these are excluded from the consultation process and about environmental changes that affect them. Critics of BIDs point out this democratic deficit." And also this article: http://news.fitzrovia.org.uk/2012/0...itzrovia-partnership-and-what-are-they-up-to/ " So what is a business improvement district? As wereportedon 6 June, Camden Council informed businesses with a rateable value of over £100,000, saying: A Business Improvement District (BID) is an arrangement through which the business community can elect to generate additional funding to re-invest in the local area to improve the public realm, promote business and make the area more profitable for business. Under these arrangements, business ratepayers agree to contribute a small additional levy on their business rate bill to finance a BID. In order to go ahead with the renewal of the BID, agreement is needed from business ratepayers through a formal voting process, which is required to be conducted by the Returning Officer for Elections for the London Borough of Camden. If successful, a new commercial district would be created in the heart of Fitzrovia and be managed by The Fitzrovia Partnership who would market the area and employ private security. They would foster more evening and weekend commercial activity and tip the balance from Fitzrovia’s mix of residents and small businesses towards a central area that is more frenetic and increasingly dominated by chain stores. It will be branded and packaged, rents will go up and it will lose its much-loved character and identity." The article in SLP says that the BID group for Brixton comprises 10 businesses and would be a "unifying voice " business in Brixton. Also that it would work with smaller businesses who need help. So there are different views on BIDs. Also they are recent idea so no one can be sure how one in Brixton would work exactly. This article in Guardian looks at both sides of argument. What concerns me is that residents are not consulted though it looks like if Brixton did become a BID area whoever runs the BID would have some powers that would have come under local authority ( democratically elected) powers. Anyone know about more about how BIDs work? What do people think?