King’s Lynn town centre businesses have given the thumbs up to a second attempt to create a Business Improvement District (BID).

Following a nine-month campaign and a month-long vote, the ballot, which closed on  Tuesday, resulted in  53.39 percent of voters in favour of a King’s Lynn BID.

A secondary count based on rateable value saw the vote recorded as 54.88 percent in favour.

The move would see businesses pay an additional 1.5 percent of their business rates to generate a potential 1.5 million over five years.

This money would be spent on improving and enhancing services and conditions within the designated  BID area.

Lynn businessman Darren Taylor, a member of the BID steering group, said: “This result is great news for the town and I’m absolutely delighted.

“The BID will bring increased investment into the town centre and gives every business, regardless of size, a bigger voice. I think the town can be proud of what we’ve done and we can look forward positively to the next few years.”

Lucy Golding, owner of Lynn’s Market Bistro, has also welcomed the result.

“King’s Lynn is a truly wonderful town, full of great businesses and now we will have more funds and be able to attract more people to visit all year round.”

Supporters have estimated around 60 percent of businesses in the BID area would pay a daily contribution of less than £1.

A previous attempt to establish a town centre BID failed in 2014.