Business rate boost for Acomb shops

Front Street, Acomb

Front Street, Acomb

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NEW shops in Acomb are to get a cash boost in a council bid to reinvigorate the area's high street - but payday lenders and bookmakers will be excluded from the offer.

The area has the highest rate of shops lying empty long-term - 17.6 percent - and under a scheme due to be considered by City of York Council's cabinet next Tuesday, a special business rate relief area could be created to offer retailers opening businesses in empty premises in the area money off their business rates.

The project was first made public at a full meeting of the council earlier this month, when a motion proposed by Labour councillor Stephen Burton asking for help to revive struggling high street was passed.

Now officials have put together proposals to make changes to the council's business rate discount policy, and add a fourth "ambition" to the document making regeneration of specific areas a priority.

Under the plans, Acomb would be the first "business development district" and traders will get up to 50 percent off their business rates if they open up in empty shops in the areas.

In a report by the council's head of financial procedures David Walker, he tells the cabinet members that under plans announced in the Government's autumn statement, newly reoccupied business premises qualify for rate relief once the units have been empty for 12 months.

But in a bid to bring new business to Acomb sooner, the plans for a business development district in the area would offer the rate relief as soon as the property fell empty.

With 21 shops currently empty in Acomb, funding the scheme for a year could cost £45,000 a year - with the council picking up half that bill.

The council has already set £50,000 aside to fund business rate relief applications this financial year, the report adds, but no applications have yet been made. The rate relief would run for a maximum of 18 months, the papers show, and financial services included payday lenders, betting shops and pawnbrokers would be excluded from the scheme as the council would deem them "inapprorpiate" and at odds with its wider objectives for the area.

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10:08am Fri 1 Aug 14

LibDem says...

L:abour turned down a much more ambitious regeneration scheme and now offer only the 50% Rate rebate option.

Obvious danger in offering a Rate reduction for 18 months the moment a shop becomes empty. Almost encourages a turn over in properties.

What is required is stability, investment in improving the streetscape... and much improved public services such as litter removal and ice clearance.
L:abour turned down a much more ambitious regeneration scheme and now offer only the 50% Rate rebate option. Obvious danger in offering a Rate reduction for 18 months the moment a shop becomes empty. Almost encourages a turn over in properties. What is required is stability, investment in improving the streetscape... and much improved public services such as litter removal and ice clearance. LibDem
  • Score: -3

12:34pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Yorkswalls says...

Good news, any support is to be welcomed.
Good news, any support is to be welcomed. Yorkswalls
  • Score: 15

2:22pm Fri 1 Aug 14

raggiedoll says...

This is a great idea. The shops are a great part of the area and it would be lovely to have cafes, boutiques and other interesting places to rival Bishopthorpe Road (well done Conlans for making a start!). It is a pity that many of the buildings are particularly ugly as this will turn off many people trying to start a business there.
This is a great idea. The shops are a great part of the area and it would be lovely to have cafes, boutiques and other interesting places to rival Bishopthorpe Road (well done Conlans for making a start!). It is a pity that many of the buildings are particularly ugly as this will turn off many people trying to start a business there. raggiedoll
  • Score: 9

4:40pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Oaklands Resident says...

It would be nice to think that over the years Acomb might offer more specialised "niche" shops and I agree that Conlans is a start.

But it will never be like Bishopthorpe Road because of the dominating effect that Morrisons has. Smaller shops are left to pick up the pieces.

Bishopthorpe Road is also next to the City walls and gets some visitor trade.

No the best idea I've heard is establishing an occasional street market on Front Street.

Increasing footfall by bringing back the Councils Acomb Office would also help.

NB. Do the Council really mean to give a Rate discount on properties if they have only been empty for a few hours? Surely better to concentrate on getting the longer term empty properties back into use? Several of them are a blight on the area.
It would be nice to think that over the years Acomb might offer more specialised "niche" shops and I agree that Conlans is a start. But it will never be like Bishopthorpe Road because of the dominating effect that Morrisons has. Smaller shops are left to pick up the pieces. Bishopthorpe Road is also next to the City walls and gets some visitor trade. No the best idea I've heard is establishing an occasional street market on Front Street. Increasing footfall by bringing back the Councils Acomb Office would also help. NB. Do the Council really mean to give a Rate discount on properties if they have only been empty for a few hours? Surely better to concentrate on getting the longer term empty properties back into use? Several of them are a blight on the area. Oaklands Resident
  • Score: 9

8:16pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Frodo Baggins says...

LibDem wrote:
L:abour turned down a much more ambitious regeneration scheme and now offer only the 50% Rate rebate option.

Obvious danger in offering a Rate reduction for 18 months the moment a shop becomes empty. Almost encourages a turn over in properties.

What is required is stability, investment in improving the streetscape... and much improved public services such as litter removal and ice clearance.
Didn't more shops close under the LibDems? You will offer the earth to get back into office and then...... give f*** all.
[quote][p][bold]LibDem[/bold] wrote: L:abour turned down a much more ambitious regeneration scheme and now offer only the 50% Rate rebate option. Obvious danger in offering a Rate reduction for 18 months the moment a shop becomes empty. Almost encourages a turn over in properties. What is required is stability, investment in improving the streetscape... and much improved public services such as litter removal and ice clearance.[/p][/quote]Didn't more shops close under the LibDems? You will offer the earth to get back into office and then...... give f*** all. Frodo Baggins
  • Score: 11

8:39pm Fri 1 Aug 14

CaroleBaines says...

LibDem wrote:
L:abour turned down a much more ambitious regeneration scheme and now offer only the 50% Rate rebate option.

Obvious danger in offering a Rate reduction for 18 months the moment a shop becomes empty. Almost encourages a turn over in properties.

What is required is stability, investment in improving the streetscape... and much improved public services such as litter removal and ice clearance.
What on earth will an extra bin and a few pot plants round lampposts do? Lib Dems will say anything for power, no wonder their vote is dwindling to nothing.
[quote][p][bold]LibDem[/bold] wrote: L:abour turned down a much more ambitious regeneration scheme and now offer only the 50% Rate rebate option. Obvious danger in offering a Rate reduction for 18 months the moment a shop becomes empty. Almost encourages a turn over in properties. What is required is stability, investment in improving the streetscape... and much improved public services such as litter removal and ice clearance.[/p][/quote]What on earth will an extra bin and a few pot plants round lampposts do? Lib Dems will say anything for power, no wonder their vote is dwindling to nothing. CaroleBaines
  • Score: 11

8:58pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Tug job says...

Acomb? It's like a deprived Beirut. Best level it and start again.
Acomb? It's like a deprived Beirut. Best level it and start again. Tug job
  • Score: -6

9:41am Sat 2 Aug 14

Oaklands Resident says...

CaroleBaines wrote:
LibDem wrote:
L:abour turned down a much more ambitious regeneration scheme and now offer only the 50% Rate rebate option.

Obvious danger in offering a Rate reduction for 18 months the moment a shop becomes empty. Almost encourages a turn over in properties.

What is required is stability, investment in improving the streetscape... and much improved public services such as litter removal and ice clearance.
What on earth will an extra bin and a few pot plants round lampposts do? Lib Dems will say anything for power, no wonder their vote is dwindling to nothing.
Main issue for shoppers is the uneven roads, footpaths, forecourts and back lanes.

However the cuts in public service standards like street sweeping have taken a toll over recent years.

Just look at the Councils decision to close the only public toilet in Acomb. Following complaints a portaloo has now been provided but it is a sign of how insensitive the Council has become that they don't even provide a notice saying when the facility will reopen.

Out of sight out of mind I think. Loss of the Council's Acomb office was a big blow to the area.
[quote][p][bold]CaroleBaines[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LibDem[/bold] wrote: L:abour turned down a much more ambitious regeneration scheme and now offer only the 50% Rate rebate option. Obvious danger in offering a Rate reduction for 18 months the moment a shop becomes empty. Almost encourages a turn over in properties. What is required is stability, investment in improving the streetscape... and much improved public services such as litter removal and ice clearance.[/p][/quote]What on earth will an extra bin and a few pot plants round lampposts do? Lib Dems will say anything for power, no wonder their vote is dwindling to nothing.[/p][/quote]Main issue for shoppers is the uneven roads, footpaths, forecourts and back lanes. However the cuts in public service standards like street sweeping have taken a toll over recent years. Just look at the Councils decision to close the only public toilet in Acomb. Following complaints a portaloo has now been provided but it is a sign of how insensitive the Council has become that they don't even provide a notice saying when the facility will reopen. Out of sight out of mind I think. Loss of the Council's Acomb office was a big blow to the area. Oaklands Resident
  • Score: 2

9:49am Sat 2 Aug 14

inthesticks says...

Why not open up that gate all day and allow 30 mins parking instead of closing the gate at 10 til 4? So people can stop by and pop into a shop. Sometimes Morrison`s car park is very full.
Also some shops need to get their heads round staying open later, I think there`s only Farmfoods that opens til 8pm but shops closing at 5 are passing up the chance of getting trade from people leaving work in town and passing through on their way home.
Why not open up that gate all day and allow 30 mins parking instead of closing the gate at 10 til 4? So people can stop by and pop into a shop. Sometimes Morrison`s car park is very full. Also some shops need to get their heads round staying open later, I think there`s only Farmfoods that opens til 8pm but shops closing at 5 are passing up the chance of getting trade from people leaving work in town and passing through on their way home. inthesticks
  • Score: 0

6:26pm Sat 2 Aug 14

againstthecuts says...

And how many bookmakers do they need in Acomb?
And how many bookmakers do they need in Acomb? againstthecuts
  • Score: 2

12:48am Sun 17 Aug 14

chrisyork says...

I remember Acomb only a few years ago seemed a lot better, twenty years ago when I was a pupil Oaklands school it seemed a thriving place even ten years ago it wasnt too bad but its gone downhill, I guess its recent its recent heyday was the 1990's but has the new millenium has progressed the place has gone downhill, its amazing the shops that have gone, acomb jewellers, fletchers fabrics, scoop value,, Superdrug to name a few, also Blockbuster Videos although that was because the the company went bankrupt.
I remember Acomb only a few years ago seemed a lot better, twenty years ago when I was a pupil Oaklands school it seemed a thriving place even ten years ago it wasnt too bad but its gone downhill, I guess its recent its recent heyday was the 1990's but has the new millenium has progressed the place has gone downhill, its amazing the shops that have gone, acomb jewellers, fletchers fabrics, scoop value,, Superdrug to name a few, also Blockbuster Videos although that was because the the company went bankrupt. chrisyork
  • Score: 0

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