REPRESENTATIVES of the Valuation Office Agency have agreed to review business rates in Rhyl in six months after a meeting in the town.
Officers met with Chris Ruane, MP for Vale of Clwyd, and local businesses to discuss the 10 per cent reduction in rates for businesses in the High Street which was announced in August.
Mr Ruane and traders made the case for the reduction to be greater following the relocation of Marks and Spencer and Next to Prestatyn, which business leaders say has had a negative impact on the number of shoppers on Rhyl High Street.
Evidence to back up the case was provided by businesses and also a drop in car park income over the past two years.
Mr Ruane said: “Although I believe the case was there for a bigger reduction than 10 per cent, I am pleased that the Valuation Office Agency has agreed to review this in six months time.
“However, I would still urge any town centre businesses which has experienced a drop in takings since Marks and Spencer closed to contact the VOA as soon as possible.
“These are difficult times for high streets across the country and we should be looking to give as much support as possible so I’m sure a 10 per cent reduction will be welcomed by local businesses
“But we can all do our bit by shopping locally whenever possible.”