In an earlier blog post we wrote that Waverley Borough Council could not offer free parking after 2pm during the town’s gas works as it would mean this concession would force Waverley Borough Council to increase business rates. Today we read on the Keep Calm website that the Waverley Borough Council have again declined a request for free parking but they will help support traders to get reduced business rates and they will help Haslemere businesses in the process to seek compensation from Southern Gas. Of course, these gestures are made with “no guarantees” and yet the parking concession after 2pm would create goodwill and would come with an absolute guarantee.
Waverley has offered its support to Haslemere traders to get reduced business rates as a result of disruption caused by gas works in the town. Help in seeking compensation from the gas company has also been offered by Waverley to businesses in Haslemere. However the request for free parking in the town’s car parks has been declined.
Business rate officers at Waverley have been working with the Government-run Valuation Office on how Haslemere businesses can recoup money during the gas works period when they may suffer a loss in trade.
“It could be a lengthy process for Haslemere traders to get compensation from Southern Gas Networks,” Leader of the Waverley Borough Council, Cllr Robert Knowles, explained.
“However, Waverley has written to Haslemere Chamber of Commerce to explain that we have people available to help traders in submitting claims for compensation. Furthermore, Waverley’s officers have spent a lot of time working with the Valuation Office to see where traders stand on business rates. There are no guarantees but once again Waverley is on hand to help firms to apply for business rate appeals.
“These are measures, which if successful, will guarantee to put money back in the tills of traders affected by the gas works; this is why we have undertaken so much work to support them.”
More information for Haslemere business seeking support and compensation as a result of the gas works is available at www.waverley.gov.uk/business