March 18, 2016 at 9:49 am #109373
The newsagents off High street that is in the arcade leading to the butchers market is closing down. Yet another loss to the town.March 18, 2016 at 11:40 am #109378
It’s sad to see another small independent retailer close it’s doors in the town center.March 18, 2016 at 12:58 pm #109381
This property is owned by the Council. It seems that the Council are unable to let any of their small shop premises, looking at the empty premises they have in Henblas Street. Could one reason be that the Council are asking too much rent?March 18, 2016 at 1:03 pm #109382
Spot on Jimbow. They are ruining the town with huge business rates. That’s why so many have pulled out. Thorntons tried to negotiate to no avail as did the shop that was trading as a 60p shop.March 18, 2016 at 1:18 pm #109384
Rondetto. I have heard on the grapevine, that a new shop will be opening on the corner of Chester Street/Henblas Street in the next couple of weeks. Watch this space.March 18, 2016 at 1:38 pm #109386
Quote: “They are ruining the town with huge business rates”
Business rates are set by the Welsh Assembly, not the Council. the Council collect on their behalf and it is then redistributed by the Assembly as part of settlement.
I know that WCBC have many many faults but to apportion blame in this instance is clearly wrong.
It will be interesting to see whether the Assembly government follows the lead of the Chancellor in his budget where he raised the rateable value threshold at which small business are liable to business rates in England,from £6000 to almost double that, thus taking 600,000 out of business rates altogether.
My bet is that they won’t. Where else would all the monies come from to finance mega projects in South Wales?March 19, 2016 at 9:53 am #109419
The focus should be on rents set by WCBC, not rates.
Wrexhams problems are local, as should be the solutions.
Constantly blaming South Wales for the ineptitude of local politicians, traditionally chosen on political colour rather than ability, excuses the lazy, talentless amateurs that have historically ruined the town.
Nothing will change in Wrexham until the electorate choose change.March 19, 2016 at 10:24 am #109421
we usually see eye to eye on these things, and while agree that the local politicians could do better, even they are restricted due to budget cuts by the South Wales Assembly. As for an electorate change to change, nothing can or will change now, unless their attitudes change to one of serving the electorate and not themselves!! Sally Webster-Metcalf will soon learn!!March 19, 2016 at 7:20 pm #109424
Daave, I agree with half of your post.
Nothing will change until local politicians revert to serving the local electorate rather than playing at national, tribal level.
However, I will not accept that there is a South Walian conspiracy against the North.
It’s simple, political laziness. Before the assembly was created, any and all negative events were blamed on the Westminster parliament, a tradition kept alive to this day by the SNP, north of the border.
What used to be blamed on the English is now blamed on the Welsh Assembly.
Are North Walian politicions somehow barred from the building? Do they have no influence?
It’s so much easier to blame the wind for continuously blowing down the fence rather than getting off one’s arse and fixing it properly but it’s become a familiar whinge that benefits no-one.March 19, 2016 at 8:09 pm #109425
Benjamin is spot on about Rates and who sets them. Equally, Sheefag makes some vital points and I must reinforce the main one.
The Rents in the Peoples Market, The Butchers Market, the General Market and several shops on Henblas Street, Chester Street and High Street are set by WCBC. They are out of step with the private rents set in the town and are out of step with the demand on the properties. That’s why they are empty. I am not going to list them but there are several shops who have relocated from Council Shops to private sector shops because the latter are cheaper. I am one of them
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