MP AND AM URGE SHOPPERS TO BACK BANGOR HIGH STREET.
Plaid Cymru MP for Arfon Hywel Williams and AM Siân Gwenllian have urged shoppers to ‘stay local and support Bangor High Street’, as it looks set to remain closed for traffic until Easter following a serious fire.
Hywel Williams MP and Siân Gwenllian AM spent the afternoon visiting businesses affected by the closure and imparting advice on how businesses who qualify can apply for rate relief, given the unprecedented circumstances.
They will also be distributing letters to affected businesses detailing how to contact the Valuation Office Agency (VOA), the office responsible for non-domestic rates.
Hywel Williams MP and Siân Gwenllian AM said,
‘We spent yesterday afternoon talking to business owners on Bangor High Street, who are understandably concerned about the impact of the road closure on passing trade and the associated problems this brings.’
‘From our discussions, we understand that steps are already being taken by some retailers to apply for rate relief through the Valuation Office (VOA), and we’d urge others considering this to do so as a first step.’
‘We’d like to thank Gwynedd Council for their constructive response and for offering additional support to businesses who may not receive the desired response from the Valuation Office.’
‘Bangor High Street is instrumental in bringing people together, with the myriad of independent shops acting as a meeting place for friends and families and supporting jobs for local people.’
‘That is why we must all do what we can to encourage shoppers to support the independent businesses we all know and love.’
‘Now more than ever, our high street retailers need our support. We encourage local people and visitors alike to come to Bangor High Street, support local traders and help them through this difficult time.’