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Help available for business owners during road closures

5 March 2014

Businesses who fear their trade could be affected by roadworks in Cockermouth and Wigton can access free advice about rate relief from Allerdale Borough Council.

The Council has been liaising with the Valuation Office Agency in Carlisle which decides whether a company is eligible for a rebate of business rates. Though business owners have to make their own application, help is available from Council staff in completing the process.

Two drop-in advice sessions have been set up for business owners, where experts from Allerdale Borough Council will be on hand to talk people through the required paperwork, which they can then submit to the VOA:

  • Wednesday 19 March 2014 from 1pm to 3pm at Cockermouth Town Hall
  • Thursday 20 March 2014 from 1pm to 3pm at Wigton Market Hall

Councillor Barbara Cannon, Deputy Leader of Allerdale Borough Council, said: “We know some of the small independent businesses are concerned about how road closures may affect their trade in the coming weeks so we want to make sure we offer them as much assistance as we can. Business owners have already been coming to us to ask if there could be financial help available if their businesses do suffer some hardship as a result of the road closure, which is why we have set up these advice sessions.”

Speaking specifically about the Cockermouth road closures, which began this week, Cllr Cannon added: “Allerdale Borough Council has already agreed to provide free parking in two of Cockermouth’s car parks for the duration of the works, to ensure we keep people visiting, shopping and supporting Cockermouth. We will continue to monitor the parking in the town and may introduce additional free spaces if we need to. The road may be closed but Cockermouth is most definitely open for business and we will do everything we can to support businesses and residents.” 

Allerdale Borough Council’s free parking provision began on Monday 3 March. Drivers will be able to park for free for two hours on both the Wakefield Road and Sullart Street car parks. Visitors staying less than two hours should display a parking disc or their time of arrival. Those staying longer should follow the instructions on the pay and display machines which will give them their first two hours free.

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