What is the Business Improvement District (BID) levy?
The BID levy is a charge payable in respect of non-domestic properties in the Business Improvement District area of Pontypridd town centre. The first BID Levy demand notice will cover the billing period April 2016 to the end of March 2017. An annual demand notice will be issued every March for the Period April to March until March 2020 when the final demand will cover the period April 2020 to the end of March 2021.
View how to pay your BID levy bill.
What is Your Pontypridd LTD?
Your Pontypridd Business Improvement District (BID) Ltd is a non-local authority body and a private company, responsible for providing and managing the Business Improvement District services for Pontypridd town centre. The company was established as a result of the outcome of a BID ballot process in February 2016.
Who do I contact with an enquiry about the BID?
If your enquiry is about payment or the amount you are charged then you should contact Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council. However, if your enquiry is about the BID services or anything other than payment you should contact the Your Pontypridd Ltd via Email : firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 01443 244190 Information is also available on the website at www.yourpontypridd.co.uk
What is the council’s role in the BID?
By law, the council is the billing authority for any business improvement district in its area which means it is responsible for the collection of BID levies. The Council is not responsible for providing the BID services because these are delivered by the non-local authority body, Your Pontypridd Ltd.
Who has to pay the BID levy?
The person or organisation liable to pay the non-domestic rates for the property is liable to pay the BID levy. Where a property is occupied this will be the occupier, for empty properties the person or organisation entitled to occupy the property is liable to pay. This will normally be the leaseholder or the owner.
Do the council and other public sector bodies pay the BID levy?
Yes. The council and the other public bodies must pay the levy on properties within the BID area for which they are liable to pay non-domestic rates.
Can I opt out of the BID?
No. The BID is legally binding on the non-domestic ratepayers in the Business Improvement District area, following the successful ballot outcome
How much is collected in BID levies?
Approximately £80,000 per year is collectable through the levy. Please visit the website for further information at www.yourpontypridd.co.uk
What happens to the money collected through the levy?
The funds collected through the levy can only be used to pay for BID services and a percentage of the Council’s costs in collecting the levy. The Council holds the funds before making payment to the BID Body (Your Pontypridd Ltd) for it to pay for the services that are provided by the Company.
What do I get for my money?
Your Pontypridd Ltd is responsible for providing the BID services. The Your Pontypridd BID will invest circa £385,000 received from local businesses between 2016 and 2021 on a comprehensive programme of improvements. In addition, the contributions from businesses will enable us to seek funding from other sources.
The Your Pontyridd programme will comprise of three key elements:
1. Welcome: Accessibility & Experience
£1 all day Saturday parking in Berw Road & Sardis Road
Free drop off and pick up in the town centre before 11am
Offers & links with public transport providers
Integrate the park & the town centre
Action with landlords & agents to reduce the number of empty shopsPromotion: Entertain & Reward
2. Promotion: Entertain & Reward
Entertaining programme of regular events
Town Centre promotion campaigns
Loyalty card scheme
Marketing to potential investors
Developing University links & attracting student
3. Business: Savings & Support
Reducing business costs through collective purchasing
Knowledge sharing through seminars and networking opportunities
Attracting match funding from a variety of sources
Further information about the services is available on the website at www.yourpontypridd.co.uk. You should contact Your Pontypridd Ltd if you have any further questions about the BID services.
Aren’t these services already provided by the council?
No the services provided under the BID must be additional services not already provided by the Council or enhancements to existing services.
Is there an increase in the BID levy each year?
There will be an annual inflationary increase of all levy charges year on year for the duration of the Business Improvement District.
The property is unoccupied do I still need to pay?
Yes. The ratepayer for an unoccupied property is also liable to pay a BID levy.
Can I pay by instalments?
No. The BID levy is payable in one payment.
If you have genuine financial difficulty and are unable to pay then you should contact the Council straight away on 01443 425002 Never ignore requests for payment as this will only make the situation worse.
I voted against the BID or wasn’t eligible to vote at the time of the ballot, do I still have to pay?
Yes the positive result of the BID ballot held on the 25th February 2016 is binding on all non domestic ratepayers in the BID area from the 1st April 2016 to the 31st March 2021. This includes persons or organisations who become rate payers after the date of the ballot.
Do I automatically become a member of the Your Pontypridd Ltd company?
No. Your Pontypridd’s Articles of Association require that levy-paying businesses in the BID area are required to apply for membership of the BID Company. Members of the company may vote at the company’s Annual General Meeting scheduled for early next year and get involved in the Board of Directors or join a theme group.
To become a member, please visit www.yourpontypridd.co.uk and fill in the company membership form. If you would like to join the Board or the theme groups, please e-mail email@example.com.
How can I get involved?
There are two ways that you can get involved:
Join the Board of Directors and get involved in leading and overseeing the progress of the Your Pontypridd BID
Become a member of a theme group that meet to focus on specific projects & issues such as parking & access, boosting marketing or business support.
To keep up to date on developments of Your Pontypridd, follow us on Twitter @YourPontypridd & like the Your Pontypridd page on Facebook.
On line at www.rctcbc.gov.uk – pay it, using a debit or credit card. Have your 8 digit BID account reference number, beginning with a 7, to hand.
On line banking or BACS transfer;
Pay to: Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC General Account
Sort Code: 20-68-92
Account No: 20639427
Please always quote your 8 digit BID account reference number, beginning with a 7, in every transaction.
Send cheques made payable to RCTCBC to Council Offices, Business Support Unit, Tŷ Elái, Dinas Isaf East,Williamstown, Tonypandy CF40 1NY
Use the electronic payment kiosk at the Council’s One 4 All Centres – details available on www.rctcbc.gov.uk/contactus - and remember to have your 8 digit BID account reference number, beginning with a 7, to hand.
To the customer contact centre, on 01443 425002, to pay by debit or credit card.
For queries regarding your bill, check the website www.rctcbc.gov.uk – Business – Business Rates – BID
E-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 01443 425002
Letters to: Council Offices, Bronwydd House, Porth, Rhondda CF39 9DL
For queries regarding BID services
Tel: 01443 244190
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