Support Monmouth's small businesses to save our high street
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Many of Monmouth's small businesses are under threat from increased business rates and there has also been talk of charges being made by Monmouthshire County Council (MCC) for shops which put tables and A-boards on the pavement (though this has been temporarily suspended). Some small businesses have already had to close and we are worried that our high street will die if action is not taken.
Many people are employed in our local shops, and the knock on effect of more closures would be felt across the County. We are asking MCC to take two actions:
- to reconsider its Street Furniture Policy with a view to setting it permanently aside;
- regarding business rates it should exercise its discretionary powers under Section 49 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988 to make reductions in the non-domestic rates payable by businesses that would otherwise suffer hardship.
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