Business Rates in Wokingham

I have received the enclosed letter from Councillor Charlotte Haitham Taylor, the Leader of Wokingham Borough Council.

Councillor Haitham Taylor explains that the council is taking steps to provide relief to businesses in Wokingham affected by the regeneration works.

I welcome these steps and would encourage any local businesses affected by the regeneration works to seek further help from the council.

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  1. alan jutson
    Posted November 8, 2017 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    Well something is better than nothing I suppose.

    But rather than offer complicated and time wasting advice, and the pathetic free parking from 3.00pm (when shops close at 5.00) and the roads are packed with the school run at that time.

    Simply offer free parking completely whilst the works are continuing.

    Because there has been so much disruption for so long, people now only go into Wokingham if they have to, and as a last resort.

    Businesses want cash in the tills, not out of date goods on the shelves.

  2. Jackie Hillebrandt
    Posted November 8, 2017 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    I almost never come into Wokingham these days, the traffic is awful, the pavements dreadful. Reading & Bracknell are benefiting which is not surprising. The traders in Wokingham need a helping hand from the council in order to stay open, or there will be no one left who can afford to run a shop in town.

  3. alan jutson
    Posted November 15, 2017 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    I simply had to go into Wokingham Town Centre this afternoon to attend the Doctors Pharmacy.

    Very few people about for the reasons in the other two posts above, but I was very disturbed by the actions of a parking enforcement officer, who was ticketing cars at 3.30 this afternoon in the old Marks and Spencer car park (off Rose Street) given this Company closed its shop over 3 months ago, leaving the car park still open for use.

    I asked the parking attendant about the Council pledge of free parking after 15.00 hours, he informed me that it was still a private car park until tomorrow so it did not apply, he then proceeded to photograph the parking enforcement ticket on the windscreen of the black mini in question, he then removed the ticket, walked around the rear of the car and took another photograph of the rear screen with the original ticket in situ now on the rear screen.

    He then removed the ticket from the rear screen after photographing it in that position, and walked once again to the front of the vehicle, I guess to replace it again on the front screen.

    Thus he has taken at least two photographs which are completely and utterly false for possible use in a Court of Law.

    No, the Black mini in question is not mine, but some poor soul will probably think less of Wokingham Town and the Council even more after today, than they did this morning.

    Not aware who this parking enforcement officer is working for, but since M&S left more than 3 months ago, and the Council are now employing Private Company enforcers who seem very keen ??????

    What a way to encourage people to still use the Town !

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