I received a report from a trader in Long Lane on Wednesday that Bexley council was going
to backtrack on charging shopkeepers for displays on their own land outside
shops but only half believed it because it appears to be common practice by
London boroughs. However the rumour was true; shops with a rateable value up to
£12,000 are to be exempted from the charge and for others the fee is to be
halved. Both changes to be backdated to last April. Bexley’s Licensing Committee
chaired by councillor Mike Slaughter approved the relief for hard pressed shop keepers.
Bexley council’s announcement.
Dare we look forward to more outbreaks of good sense?