Canterbury Bid

Improving

Dressing the city – We will provide award winning floral displays from June to September which will generate a positive lasting impression for locals and visitors.  An improved environment means people are more likely to stay longer and spend more

WiFi and connectivity – The number one priority identified during consultation was connectivity – both WiFi and 4/5G. We will support and lobby for better connectivity and dedicate funds to support the development of public WiFi in Canterbury in order to boost growth and development opportunities.

Cleaning – The BID will bring back the popular and much-needed deep street cleaning and introduce a new service to help tackle graffiti. Of 660 customers surveyed in December 2018, 40% stated graffiti removal and deep street cleaning were their top priority for the city.

Enhancing the public realm – Working in association with partners we will improve the streetscape and attractiveness of specific areas of our city centre, including vibrant window vinyls to reduce the impact of vacant units. We will also lobby on behalf of businesses for public realm improvements to the street-scape, including St George’s Street, St Margaret’s Street and Castle Street.

Signage and wayfinding – We will deliver projects to improve how people find their way into and around the city to encourage visitors to explore different areas of the city, helping to spread footfall and spend.

Improving security – The BID will continue to develop our crime reduction partnership for the city, working closely with our Purple Flag committee which includes Kent Police, District Watch, the Universities and Unions, local security firms, Canterbury City Council, Whitefriars security, resident groups as well as owners and managers from businesses that operate in the early evening, night time and late-night economy. We will lead on Purple Flag accreditation, promoting a safe and vibrant night time economy for everyone.