Star Campaign: Save our High Street

Many shops lay empty across Doncaster including here on Baxtergate. Shop owners beleive the high rates Doncaster Council charge is one of the reasons for this. Picture: Marie Caley.
Many shops lay empty across Doncaster including here on Baxtergate. Shop owners beleive the high rates Doncaster Council charge is one of the reasons for this. Picture: Marie Caley.
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Doncaster shopkeepers have issued an urgent plea to ‘Save Our High Street’ as astronomical business rates threaten to push them to the wall.

Traders are calling on Government to overhaul the system to give them a chance to thrive.

The Doncaster Star, and parent company Johnston Press, are today launching a nationwide campaign to support them.

Kath Thorpe, owner of Marketplace Alehouse & Deli, said: “I know a lot who find it a problem. The Government wants people to start up a business, but then price them out of it with high rates.”

Danielle Jenkins, owner of the Sweet Escape, said: “The rates are that high that I struggle to take home a wage by the end of the week. I support the campaign, rates need to be reduced if businesses are to survive.”

Anne McDonald-Swift, who runs The Enchanted Bakery from home, said: “I looked into taking on a premises but the costs were too high.”

Kerry Needham, owner of Forget-Me-Not-Events, added: “You see a lot of empty shops in the town centre. Surely it is better to reduce the costs and have all the shop fronts full.”