Council urged to freeze or reduce rates

STEVEN MCAULEY/KEVIN MCAULEY PHOTOGRAPHY MULTIMEDIA..25/SEPTEMBER/2012..Vacancy rates in Coleraine have risen most, doubling since 2011.The figures show a substantial increase in the number of empty shops across Northern Ireland over the past year.They also point to a further widening of the gap with the rest of the UK, where the average vacancy rate is around 11%..PICTURE STEVEN MCAULEY/KEVIN MCAULEY PHOTOGRAPHY MULTIMEDIA

STEVEN MCAULEY/KEVIN MCAULEY PHOTOGRAPHY MULTIMEDIA..25/SEPTEMBER/2012..Vacancy rates in Coleraine have risen most, doubling since 2011.The figures show a substantial increase in the number of empty shops across Northern Ireland over the past year.They also point to a further widening of the gap with the rest of the UK, where the average vacancy rate is around 11%..PICTURE STEVEN MCAULEY/KEVIN MCAULEY PHOTOGRAPHY MULTIMEDIA

CAUSEWAY Chamber of Commerce is calling on Coleraine Borough Council to either freeze or reduce rates in a positive message to struggling businesses in the area.

The urgent call comes as the borough - and business community in particular - faces the worst economic recession in living memory.

In a media briefing with The Coleraine Times last week, members of the Chamber’s Council Board expressed grave concern over what the new district rate will be when it is struck by Council on February 14.

 

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