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BID Camborne celebrates £30,000 of investment on town decorations
6:00am Saturday 12th October 2013 in News
Camborne has received more than £30,000 of investment in crucial infrastructure to keep the town looking attractive all year round.
The figure has emerged as BID Camborne tots up its improvement projects within the first year of delivery.
The five-figure sum includes significant investment in the town’s Christmas lights displays – in particular replacing more than 65% of fixtures and fittings.
In total 43 bolts had to be replaced and 34 stainless steel cables were installed last year to support Christmas lights throughout the town.
BID Camborne also erected a total of 2.2km of bunting during seasonal events such as Trevithick Day – work that involves many man-hours and a cherry picker to comply with health and safety.
Mel Martin, BID manager, said: “It’s been a busy first year of delivery and we are now taking stock of what we have achieved.
“One of the first projects we undertook was to address some of the infrastructure in the town.
“Many of the fixtures and fittings that hold things like our bunting and Christmas lights were falling apart. We had all of the fixings checked and over 50% of them failed.
“We are now getting ready for a great Christmas season ahead where all our decorations are legal, insured and safe.”
Other successful projects within BID Camborne’s first year of delivery was a free parking scheme in the town that benefitted an estimated 10,000 shoppers and visitors. The scheme is set to return for Saturdays in the run up to Christmas.
The BID has also worked with local businesses to clean up shop fronts and buildings at gateway points to the town, such as Holman Building by the station.
BID Camborne held its AGM in September where directors presented the work completed so far, the annual accounts and gave an outline of what is in store for the future.
It was also a chance for BID levy payers to raise questions and voice issues that their businesses are facing during tough economic times.
Chairman George Le Hunte said: “We know it’s been challenging out there but BID Camborne has laid excellent foundations for future growth in its first year, but businesses need to move forward together in order for the town to flourish.”
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