North East Wales

Rhyl business rates cut as traders report fall in shoppers

A Marks and Spencer store
Image caption M&S relocated its store to Parc Prestatyn in March - four miles away from its old base in Rhyl

Businesses in Rhyl have been given a 10% cut in their business rates after telling tax officials they had seen a fall in shoppers since two big names quit the town.

But Vale of Clwyd MP Chris Ruane said the resort's 300 businesses were calling for a bigger cut to reflect the size of their losses.

Marks and Spencer and Next moved to Prestatyn when a new complex opened.

The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) said it cannot comment on individual cases.

Traders had several meetings with the VOA, which is part of HM Revenue and Customs, before putting forward their individual cases to show how a fall in shoppers had affected their businesses.

"They say the hit they took was bigger than 10%," said Mr Ruane, who helped the traders with their case.

"We will ask them [VOA] to explain how they came to that figure.

"10% is good but not good enough," he added.

Businesses can appeal to the VOA to reduce the amount they have to pay in rates for council-run public services if they think it is too much.

They have to provide figures on footfall and trade, and fill out appeal forms.

Parc Prestatyn shopping development opened in March four miles (6.5km) away.

All 55 Marks and Spencer staff transferred from Rhyl to the new store and an extra 50 jobs have also been created.

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