Diane Jarvis will speak on city BID

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Plans to spend £5m improving Sheffield city centre will be discussed at a residents’ meeting next week.

Diane Jarvis, chief executive of the Business Improvement District for Sheffield City Centre, will be guest speaker at the next meeting of Sheffield City Centre Residents’ Action Group.

She will be explaining the BID’s plans to spend £1 million annually in Sheffield, over the next five years, to add vibrancy to the city centre.

Making the city centre busier with more events and marketing, as well as improvements to parking, will be two of the main focuses of the business improvement district, run by a BID board, made up of businesses, residents and other local representatives.

Other priorities for improvement - outlined in the BID prospectus - include making the city centre cleaner and safer.

The BID was set up after a vote by businesses in the city centre agreed that it should be launched, imposing a levy on certain firms to pay for improvements.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday March 8 at 6.30pm, at the Royal Society for the Blind office on Mappin Street in the city centre.