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Fight for our shops
12:32pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in Your Say
AT the November meeting of Wiltshire Council, both I and Trowbridge councillor Jeff Osborn will be putting a notice of motion, calling for a 8.5 per cent levy on all Wiltshire supermarkets and major retailers.
This levy is already in place in Northern Ireland, and many councils such as Bristol are closely looking at introducing it.
Under the Sustainable Communities Act, councils now have the power to introduce this levy with the revenue going straight to the council.
If we are successful in getting this motion passed we are suggesting that the revenue raised be invested back into our local high streets to support the smaller independent traders across the county.
So many small retailers have complained that vital trade has been lost with increased car parking charges.
We could use the revenue to reduce car parking charges, and maybe in some cases look at providing a limited amount of free parking. We all use supermarkets, but it’s time that they put something back into the high streets that they are helping to destroy.
As a matter of urgency we would ask Wiltshire residents to contact their Wiltshire councillor and ask that they support this notice of motion.
You can find our petition at http://you.38degrees.org.uk/p etitions/levy-on-wiltshiresupermarkets Councillor Terry Chivers (Independent) Melksham Without