Archive for September 6th, 2016

Business rates discount to encourage new premises

Businesses in East Hampshire could soon get discounts of up to £150,000 on business rates to build new premises.

The scheme will help new and established businesses build new premises enabling them to expand and develop modern working environments.

East Hampshire District Council aims to be the most business-friendly council in the UK and is keen to start this fantastic scheme. Details will be published on the EHDC website shortly.

Prior to this new council-led scheme, many businesses experienced difficulties in finding suitable premises in which to expand or relocate within the area. This discount of up to £150,000 for new-build premises will open up opportunities for growing businesses to do just that.

Councillor Glynis Watts, Portfolio Holder of Economic Development, said: “Business rate incentives will boost the delivery of new business premises, jobs and economic growth across the district as part of the council’s strategy to be as business-friendly as possible. This is a really good tool to have in our armoury to attract inward investment and support the viability of new developments.’’

Improvements to Alton Station Forecourt

Improvements will be taking place at Alton Station Forecourt to enhance it as a key ‘gateway’ into the town and to the South Downs National Park – this is your chance to comment on the plans.

East Hampshire District Council, working with South West Trains, Hampshire County Council and Alton Town Council are proposing a number of measures for the forecourt area which will help to make the forecourt a more attractive entry point into the town, improve pedestrian and cycle access, ensure bus services are clearly signed and review the current parking arrangements.

Key stakeholders and members of the public are invited to view the plans of the proposed improvements which will be on display at Alton Assembly Rooms, High Street, Alton, GU34 1BA, on Wednesday 28th September 2016, 3.30-8.30pm where staff will be available to talk through the proposals and take comments.

Cllr Robert Saunders

3 Borovere Lane
GU34 1PB

01420 82669

September 2016
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