axa: Reduce Rents and new contract periods in the Chantry Centre Andover to fit the town
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Andover as a town is struggling and losing shops one after another due to the high rents and rates. This is leading to less footfall and less shops coming in. Even with at least 15 empty stores they are still increasing rents. Andover Chantry Centre is more expansive than the new shopping centre in Newbury, Salisbury and 3 times the price of the shops in the mall on Bridge Street...does that make sense? Minimum £22000 rent (plus bills, staff, rates etc...) and a 5 year lease wont help businesses start up. Thats fine for large organisations but not for small locals starting out. We need a first lease signing for 6-12 months to enable the companies to get up and running then agree a longer lease. Allow more information on pop up shops/markets/art galleries and make them more reasonable to fill the empty shops that are there and make the centre attractive to new businesses and shoppers. Whether they want to price everyone out to close it and knock it down (you would get alot of flats there) or just don't care IT'S OUR TOWN - STOP ANDOVER DYING ANY MORE
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