After over three years of developing and chairing the Penrith Business Improvement District (BID) Mr. Kelvin Dixon of Seagraves & Dixon, a specialist lighting shop in the centre of Penrith has resigned his post and, as of May 6th 2015, stepped down from his elected position, as Chair of the Management Board. Mr Dixon has also decided not to remain a member of the Management Board until the term end due to personal commitments.
Mr Dixon made the following statement:
Being involved with Penrith BID, from initial discussions through to its inception and my role as Chairman, has been an undoubted challenge but I am proud to have been involved. BID has been able to provide improved signage to the town, free business training for BID members, a new website (www.discoverpenrith.co.uk), improvements to the public realm, Penrith specific marketing activities, festive sparkle and support for events such as the Winter droving and Penrith on a Plate. None of these would have happened had a BID not been voted in during 2012 by the business community.
The issue of Parking has demanded hours of discussion, meetings and planning and yet still our planned schemes have not come to fruition, this remains my biggest frustration and I look to the various parties involved to find a way to implement a scheme which benefits the town centre businesses and not just out of town stores and supermarkets.
I would like to thank the members of the Board for their time and commitment and Carol Grey (EDC) for her help and guidance.
There are a lot of new projects about to be delivered, I feel that BID is in a stronger position than ever and I would encourage more businesses to become involved with BID, and to help steer the future of Penrith.
The BID has another three years to run until the end of the five year term and will continue to deliver and fund projects and events that fit within the mission of the BID and its stakeholders.
Mrs. Liz Tipping, from the Hedgehog Bookshop in Little Dockray has stepped up from the Management Board to act as the Interim Chair until one is appointed in the near future to see through the remainder of the BID term. The new chairperson will be formally elected at the BID AGM, this is a good time for BID levy payers to join the board, make their voices heard and stand for the position.
The management Board are deeply saddened by Mr. Dixons choice to step down but unitedly understand his reason and are looking positively at the remainder of the term, and the projects and initiatives that have been led by Mr. Dixon coming to fruition for the benefit of Penrith and the new initiatives that naturally grow and progress from the dedication and commitment prior and post the BID initiative.