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Rate Relief shock for Village Halls, Shops and Post Offices.

April 5, 2018 9:34 PM

Councillors in rural south west Shropshire have expressed their shock and anger at Shropshire Councils sudden threat to business rate relief. On a whole range of public buildings.

.Heather Kidd said "This came as a bolt from the blue. This will have a massive impact on a whole range of organisations who are holding rural communities together. Shops, Post offices, scouts and girl guides, village halls, senior citizens clubs, amateur sports clubs could all suffer."

All groups effected by this have already received a letter giving them notice that this relief will be reduced or removed - subject to Council approval. This goes to Cabinet on 2nd May.

Cllr Jonny Keeley (Bishops Castle) said "this could have a devastating effect on shops in Wentnor. Lydham and Lydbury North and their village halls and the Public Hall in Bishops Castle amongst others. People need to write urgently to Peter Nutting, Leader of Council as the reports for the May meeting recommending this will be being written now. We need to make him understand how much harm will be caused to our struggling rural communities if this goes ahead."

Cllr Heather Kidd concluded "Parish and town councils are already raising more on their precepts to cover running public toilets, Leisure Centres, Libraries and much more. Finding more money to support village necessities such as Halls, shops and Post Offices is simply not possible and will lead to increased rural taxation and a reduction in services.

Note: The precepts for rural parishes are already quite high e.g. Bishops Castle Town Council raises £209.68 but Shrewsbury Town Council need only raise £45.63 per property for all the services they run. Clun raise £76.61 per property.