22 JUL 2011

Meeting with Salcombe Traders

This was a meeting to discuss the ongoing problem of exorbitant rate increases in Salcombe, which is becoming even more of a problem now that transitional relief is phasing out. We discussed the proposal to 'repatriate' business rates to district and county councils and the opportunity this will present to allow councils to recognise the particular problems facing our town centre independent retailers. The underlying problem however still remains the way in which small businesses like bakeries are rated using the same criteria as national chain stores and according to rents that were charged before the recent economic challenges

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