Camborne rebel businesses urged to join the town's Business Improvement District board
REBEL businesses that refused to pay levies earmarked to help trade in Camborne are urged to become Business Improvement District (BID) Camborne directors.
Last week furious fishmonger Mike Loncar said he would not hand over the £100 BID fee because he had been "stabbed in the back".
Lowenac Hotel at Bassett Road said it would not pay, claiming the scheme did not benefit businesses on the outskirts of the town while Silver Scissors hairdresser at Trevenson Street said more than 100 businesses had signed a petition against the scheme earlier this year.
Now BID Camborne has invited unhappy business owners to join forces with the organisation.
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Chairman George Le Hunte said: "Unfortunately there will always be those people who do not want to support their town and will just complain.
"So come on you rebels who complain and do not want to support and promote your town.
"Put your money where your mouth is and become a director of BID Camborne to put forward your ideas on how to improve business in Camborne and show that you do support your town."
BID Camborne said over the past six months it has, for example, promoted Camborne at Heartlands, organised new Christmas lights for the town and offered free car parking for two months.
Mr Le Hunte also denied claims that more than 100 businesses have signed a petition against the scheme, voted in by more than half of the town's traders.
He continued: "It was less than half that number.
"Keith Hocking (owner of Silver Scissors) did not understand the BID when getting people to sign his petition.
"It was he who was lobbying other business owners to sign the petition when he did not know what he was talking about – nor did the others."
Mr Le Hunte also said Camborne market, which is not funded by BID Camborne, started before the BID scheme was launched in Camborne.
He added that Mr Loncar was offered a stall at the market before Cadgwith Cove Crab arrived.
BID Camborne said it was currently chasing the non-payers, with minutes from a meeting citing possible court action in December.