Call for financial support to protect our town and city centre businesses
Croydon BID, working with the BID Foundation, British BIDs, ATCM, British Beer & Pub Association, UKHospitality, Night Time Industries Association and others, have crafted a letter which is to be sent to the Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer, asking for financial support for the retail, hospitality and leisure industries in the form of 100% business rates relief until March 2022, VAT reduction for hospitality of 12.5% through to 31st March 2023; and grants of up to £15,000 by rateable value to businesses within the hospitality, retail and leisure sector. Blackburn BID has added its support to the campaign.
A Cabinet Office Minister has said this morning that the Government will ‘say more’ on financial support for struggling businesses later today. The Chancellor has been holding talks to industry leaders over the last few days.
Markets and outdoor marquees allowed permanently
High streets and local business are set to benefit from changes to planning rules, which mean markets can be held more often and marquees put up in pub and restaurant gardens without the need for planning permission, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has announced. The changes to permitted development rights, first introduced last year as a temporary measure to boost high streets and small businesses during national restrictions, are being made permanent following a public consultation.
Pubs, cafes and restaurants will now be able to install gazebos on their own land without planning permission, helping them to better make use of their outside space all year round. Councils will also be able to hold street markets as required without the need for a planning application, attracting more people to high streets and town centres and boosting local businesses. Historic visitor attractions and hospitality businesses operating in listed buildings will be able to install a gazebo for 120 days in a 12-month period. The full announcement can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/boost-for-high-streets-and-businesses-as-markets-and-outdoor-marquees-allowed-permanently
On Saturday night officers from Blackburn Neighbourhood policing team, Task Force and officers from the student development unit along with a drug detection dog carried out Operation Pilton which focused on drug possession and dealing around licenced premises. Running alongside this they also carried out a taxi licensing operation to ensure taxis being used were legal and roadworthy and that the drivers were complying with the requirements set out by the council licensing dept. 11 pubs were visited across the town, including the town centre, throughout the evening with over 200 people engaged with and a small amount of class A and class B drugs recovered with persons dealt with accordingly. The taxi operation saw 35 taxis checked with 2 minor vehicle defects identified and all drivers carrying identification as required.