Decision details

St Martins Lane BIDS

Decision Maker: Leader of the Council

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


That the HOLBA’s proposal to establish new Occupier and Property

Owner BIDs for St Martin’s Lane be approved.


That the Chief Executive as Returning Officer and “Ballot Holder” hold a ballot on behalf of HOLBA for each new proposed BID.


That the Director of Law be authorised on behalf of the City Council to enter into the necessary legal agreements for collection of the BID Levy service specifications for all services which the City Council will deliver throughout the BIDs’ duration and any other necessary matters for the proposed BIDs in consultation with the appropriate officers.


HOLBA has a strong collaborative relationship with the City Council.

Examples include:

·        Targeting the problem of unregulated waste together resulting in Piccadilly and St James’s area having a 70% reduction in unregulated waste.

·        Continuously working together on street cleansing to keep the area clean.

·        Partnership working to address illegal street trading in Leicester Square.

·        Placing the issue of pedicabs on the government agenda with the ultimate objective of a legislative change.

·        There is ongoing work with the events team at Westminster City Council to understand road closures and protests, so HOLBA can notify members of protests and / or road closures in a timely fashion to help manage freight, deliveries and visitors to the area.

·        Collaborative working to deliver the Leicester Square brand identity and guidelines and hosting HOLBA’s annual summer screening in Leicester Square. More recent collaborative working to introduce exciting new film related statues to the Leicester Square area.

·        Partnership working to deliver a seasonal planting scheme across our public spaces.

·        The Leicester Square redevelopment which was completed in 2012 was an example of public and private collaboration – between Westminster City Council, Heart of London and property owners in the area.

·        Partnership working to raise standards in the evening and night-time economy, with regular pub watch meetings which council officers attend, Purple Flag and the introduction of Best Bar None.

·        Work between HOLBA and the Integrated Street Engagement Unit and the tasking group to help rough sleepers and clear tents on Great Windmill Street

·        Guest speakers from Westminster City Council contributing to numerous Perspective events for HOLBA members.


As with HOLBA’s existing BIDs it is anticipated that the new BIDs for St Martin’s Lane will play an active part in the joint working arrangements Westminster has set up for BIDs to liaise with City Council members and officers, to enable new ideas, plans and initiatives of mutual concern to be discussed prior to public launch. Officers will also continue to encourage HOLBA’s BIDs as with all BIDs to work collaboratively with each other on joint initiatives so as to avoid duplication of resources and contact with the City Council.




Publication date: 23/01/2020

Date of decision: 23/01/2020

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