South Lakeland District Council backs shop rate relief scheme

Giles Archibald

Giles Archibald

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A SCHEME to encourage businesses to move into empty shops has been adopted by South Lakeland District Council (SLDC).

The Government announced in its Autumn Statement it would provide 50 per cent rate relief for 18 months to firms moving in to previously empty shops.

The aim is to stimulate high streets and support new business start-ups.

The units must have been empty for 12 months or longer immediately before becoming re-occupied – and the new business must also move in before the end of the scheme in March 2016.

SLDC’s cabinet agreed to adopt the Business Rates Re-occupation Relief idea at a meeting earlier this month.

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Coun Giles Archibald, portfolio holder for town centres and small business, speaking at the cabinet meeting, said: “This is a good scheme and we should welcome it .

“I am also pleased to see that there is strong cross party support for this initiative.’’

At the same meeting South Lakeland District Council leader Peter Thornton said: “This is something that is being offered by the Government and it is fully funded so frankly we would be mad not to adopt it.’’

The council will now look to grant the relief to qualifying ratepayers applying under the scheme.

Central government will fully reimburse SLDC for the cost to the council.

Council officers are now working to list the number of properties in the district that would qualify for the rate relief.

The new use of the re-occupied premises can be for any type of business, except for betting shops, payday loan shops and pawnbrokers.

Anyone who would like to discuss the scheme should call SLDC on 01539-793245.

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5:55am Mon 26 May 14

Grumpyoldbiker says...

It is pointless opening more shops if people are going to be fleeced when they park their car before they get there. £1 for 4 hours like K Village would see people coming back to the town centres.
It is pointless opening more shops if people are going to be fleeced when they park their car before they get there. £1 for 4 hours like K Village would see people coming back to the town centres. Grumpyoldbiker
  • Score: 2

7:02am Mon 26 May 14

hogheaven says...

Its Not that they are opening new shops only reopening existing empty ones, the scheme has been around for sometime and will certainly help small shopkeepers to stay solvent and maybe even make a profit. Pity its taken SLDC so long to discover it, Parking charges are always a factor and should be abolished in town centres and replaced with timed parking.Say 1 hour free after that you have to move on or use a long stay car park.Park and ride?
Its Not that they are opening new shops only reopening existing empty ones, the scheme has been around for sometime and will certainly help small shopkeepers to stay solvent and maybe even make a profit. Pity its taken SLDC so long to discover it, Parking charges are always a factor and should be abolished in town centres and replaced with timed parking.Say 1 hour free after that you have to move on or use a long stay car park.Park and ride? hogheaven
  • Score: 1

9:14am Mon 26 May 14

tourer says...

sounds a good idea ,better than seeing empty shops around, but needs to sort the parking out and create a proper atmosphere very slow in south cumbria at encouraging change, look to places like morningside in Edinburgh for a great place .....move forward look outside the box folk......
sounds a good idea ,better than seeing empty shops around, but needs to sort the parking out and create a proper atmosphere very slow in south cumbria at encouraging change, look to places like morningside in Edinburgh for a great place .....move forward look outside the box folk...... tourer
  • Score: 2

10:13am Mon 26 May 14

Spotty Fish says...

3 comments and 3 mentions of parking charges. And yet the very people who are now going to introduce on street parking charges have just been voted back in. Just doesn't make sense. I have yet to hear one sensible reasoned argument for these charges.
3 comments and 3 mentions of parking charges. And yet the very people who are now going to introduce on street parking charges have just been voted back in. Just doesn't make sense. I have yet to hear one sensible reasoned argument for these charges. Spotty Fish
  • Score: 4

10:24am Tue 27 May 14

Kent123 says...

An 18 month rates free period will be very welcome to any business moving into one of the designated shops. It isn't, however, the be all and end all of committing to premises.

Far more worrying is the amount of rent payable and the term of leases. I would be far happier if landlords of these premises were made to offer break clauses in the lease before the ending of the 18 month rate free period to allow businesses to quit if they are unprofitable.

I
An 18 month rates free period will be very welcome to any business moving into one of the designated shops. It isn't, however, the be all and end all of committing to premises. Far more worrying is the amount of rent payable and the term of leases. I would be far happier if landlords of these premises were made to offer break clauses in the lease before the ending of the 18 month rate free period to allow businesses to quit if they are unprofitable. I Kent123
  • Score: -1

11:10am Wed 28 May 14

Ambience says...

tourer wrote:
sounds a good idea ,better than seeing empty shops around, but needs to sort the parking out and create a proper atmosphere very slow in south cumbria at encouraging change, look to places like morningside in Edinburgh for a great place .....move forward look outside the box folk......
Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland, Kendal is a small town. They are not comparable.
[quote][p][bold]tourer[/bold] wrote: sounds a good idea ,better than seeing empty shops around, but needs to sort the parking out and create a proper atmosphere very slow in south cumbria at encouraging change, look to places like morningside in Edinburgh for a great place .....move forward look outside the box folk......[/p][/quote]Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland, Kendal is a small town. They are not comparable. Ambience
  • Score: 0

12:55pm Wed 28 May 14

hogheaven says...

Ambience wrote:
tourer wrote:
sounds a good idea ,better than seeing empty shops around, but needs to sort the parking out and create a proper atmosphere very slow in south cumbria at encouraging change, look to places like morningside in Edinburgh for a great place .....move forward look outside the box folk......
Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland, Kendal is a small town. They are not comparable.
Why not same subject on a smaller scale?
[quote][p][bold]Ambience[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tourer[/bold] wrote: sounds a good idea ,better than seeing empty shops around, but needs to sort the parking out and create a proper atmosphere very slow in south cumbria at encouraging change, look to places like morningside in Edinburgh for a great place .....move forward look outside the box folk......[/p][/quote]Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland, Kendal is a small town. They are not comparable.[/p][/quote]Why not same subject on a smaller scale? hogheaven
  • Score: 1

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