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Letter: Business Rents and Rates Are Key to Town’s Economic Health

Published on: 18 Oct, 2020
Updated on: 18 Oct, 2020

From: Valerie Thompson

In response to: A Question of Image, What Will A Future Guildford Be Known For?

Many shops have closed. Guildford High Street and North Street are like a ghost town. Not all the shops that have closed were chains, now gone bust, but shops that can no longer make sufficient money to survive.

Part of the blame for this must go to greedy landlords and the business rates policy.

Unless rates and rents are reduced we will see even more empty shops and even fewer people will bother to come to what used to be a thriving market town; an attractive draw to visitors and locals wanting a pleasant day out.

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test 2 Responses to Letter: Business Rents and Rates Are Key to Town’s Economic Health

  1. Wayne Smith Reply

    October 19, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    When was Guildford a thriving market place? It’s only ever been an overpriced town which has not kept up with other towns by refusing to change. Car park charges should be reduced.

  2. S Edwards Reply

    October 20, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    I will be devastated if Guildford doesn’t return to the bustling town I grew up loving. A wonderful place to bring up children and have a family.

    Some kind of help has to come from the government and council.

    I do still think the market makes it thrive.

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