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Business / Town centre organisation to continue for third term

Lerwick's Commercial Street. Photo: Shetland News

LIVING Lerwick will be renewed for a third term following a ballot of town centre businesses.

A total of 67 votes were cast in favour of renewing the Lerwick Business Improvement District, and there were 23 against.

The 90 votes cast represented 62.5 per cent of Living Lerwick member businesses.

Votes were counted at Lerwick Town Hall this morning (Friday).

The Business Improvement District was first set up in 2012 to improve the town centre of Lerwick.

It has generated more than £325,000 of income in addition to levy payments.

A new five-year business plan has been developed following lengthy consultation with town centre businesses.

Living Lerwick chairman Steve Mathieson said: “We are grateful for the support of our member businesses and glad the majority feel we are doing a good job of supporting them and improving the town centre area.

“As businesses recover from an extended period of disruption due to Covid, it is more important than ever that we work together to ensure our town centre remains a thriving and attractive area to visit, live, work and do business.”

There are currently vacancies on the Living Lerwick board of directors and member businesses are asked to consider nominating a representative to express their business sector views, concerns and ideas directly.