Confidence vote for improvements

WIN Sean Woodward
WIN Sean Woodward
Picture: Malcolm Wells

Five reasons to buy The News on Friday - including The Guide and Cars

Have your say

A GROUP which was set up to improve the facilities of a large industrial estate has won the backing of businesses to continue its work.

The Segensworth Business Forum set up a business improvement district, which covers the Segensworth east, south and west estates within Fareham borough, and Segensworth North which comes under Winchester.

It has been given permission to carry on its work for the next five years, after 83 per cent of businesses on the estate voted in favour.

Projects have included security cameras and patrols, training and networking events and improved transport into the area.

One of the largest schemes is happening now – a network of pavements and an improved underpass between Segensworth West and East that will make walking around the estates a safer and more enjoyable experience for employees.

Mark Sutton, who is chairman of the SBF, said: ‘The volunteer members of the SBF have worked hard to make significant improvements to the area over the last five years, and we are all really looking forward to the coming five-year term.

‘The business plan sets out a whole host of projects to put into place, and we will do all we can to work to make Segensworth an even better place to do business.’

A business improvement district is a defined area within which businesses pay an additional tax or fee in order to fund improvements within the district’s boundaries.

Cllr Seán Woodward, leader of Fareham Borough Council, which ensures each business in its district pays its dues, added: ‘This is a win-win situation for the borough.’