Key updates - 3 June
- Discretionary Business Rates Scheme
The District Council has been allocated an additional £1.6million to support businesses across the district as part of the Government's Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund.
The scheme aims to provide support for businesses through the Covid-19 pandemic in addition to the Small Business Grant and the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Grant Funds, which remain open for eligible ratepayers to apply who have not yet claimed.
The scheme will provide support to businesses that fall into a number of main priority areas:
- Bed & Breakfasts which pay Council Tax
- Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces
- Regular market traders with fixed building costs
- Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief
The District Council is also accepting applications from other Businesses significantly affected by COVID-19 who:
- are suppliers reliant on the retail hospitality and leisure industry who were not included within the original scheme
- have a Rateable Value greater than £15k but are outside of the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors
- have a Rateable Value marginally greater than £51k but could be considered as a small business
- are a Small Business who are not eligible for Small Business Rate Relief as they occupy a second property with a combined value below £15k
- are a business unique to the tourism sector within the Stratford District.
Applications open on Monday 8 June with a deadline for applications by Friday 26 June using the online form, with payments being made the week commencing 29 June.
- Re-opening Stratford - Traffic Changes
To assist in the reopening of Stratford Town and the recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Warwickshire County Council, the District Council and Stratford-upon-Avon Town Council have worked together to produce a temporary scheme which will provide additional space for pedestrians to safely circulate, for customers to queue outside shops and for businesses to expand to meet customer needs.
The proposed scheme includes the introduction of a one-way system with traffic restricted to westbound movements on Bridge Street, Wood Street, Greenhill Street and on Alcester Road between Arden Street and Brunel Way, southbound movements on Rother Street, High Street and Chapel Street and westbound movements on Sheep Street.
The space created by a combination of lane closures and the suspension of some on-street parking will create areas for customers waiting for shops to queue whilst allowing pedestrians to circulate safely.
- Schedule of virtual Council meetings
- 10 June - Overview and Scrutiny Committee
- 17 June - Planning Committee A
- 30 June - Employment & Appointment Committee
- 1 July - Planning Committee B
- 8 July - Planning Committee A
- 6 July - The Cabinet
- 13 July - Full Council
- 15 July - Planning Committee B
- 22 July - Planning Committee A
- 29 July Planning Committee B
Cllr Tony Jefferson, Leader of Stratford-on-Avon District Council says: "Council business is making small steps towards 'normality', whatever that will look like in future. The Discretionary Business Rates Scheme is welcomed; however the total sum of money is only £1.7 million which will not, I suspect, meet all the demands on it. It is good to see Stratford-upon-Avon returning to life. That will bring more challenges and the reality is that individual's common sense will make much more of a difference than any actions that councils can take."