Supporting local businesses and parking in Richmond Park ....
If ever there was a case for councils being able to set the local business rate it was the reaction to this year’s terrifying increases in bills.
Many small businesses faced with financial ruin as a result of the loss of the transitional relief which accompanied the 2005 revaluation have turned to the town hall for help.
Councils have a vested interest in the continuing vitality of local shopping streets. That’s why we offer incentives to business to improve their premises and tackle vacant shops.
The scheme sets out to help otherwise sound businesses avoid becoming victims of a spiralling tax over which neither they, nor their local council have any control.
Wandsworth as a low tax borough could be relied on to set competitive business rates aimed at encouraging investment – but the added accountability that would come with actually setting the local rate would make any council much more responsive to local business concerns than any Chancellor.
Later this month the council will write to local business affected by the loss of transitional rate relief explaining how the hardship scheme works.
Finally there’s still time for sending back your views to the government agency that runs
Having the park on our doorstep provides a real escape from city life for Putney people – but with public transport sadly lacking there really is little choice but to use the car for family visits. Let’s tell the
April 9, 2009
Edward Lister is the Leader of Wandsworth Council and a member for Putney's Thamesfield ward.