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David Lyons
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David Lyons, one of Haddenham's Parish Councillors, writes:

On Wednesday Aylesbury Vale District Council are voting on a motion about being able to levy a special tax on large supermarkets to protect our local shops. If we can persuade councillors to support it, it would help us to retain and strengthen local services, employment and resilience.

The motion reads:

Local Rate Levy
"Aylesbury Vale District Council notes the request from 'Local Works' to consider submitting the following proposal to Government under the Sustainable Communities Act: The campaign specifically asks councils to submit the following proposal under the Sustainable Communities Act: That the Secretary of State gives local authorities the power to introduce a local levy of 8.5% of the rate on large retail outlets in their area with a rateable annual value not less than £500,000 and requires that the revenue from this levy be retained by the local authority in order to be used to improve local communities in their areas by promoting local economic activity, local services and facilities, social and community wellbeing and environmental protection.

The Council notes that if this power was acquired it could present the opportunity to raise further revenue if the Council wished to use it at any point in the future.

The Council therefore resolves to submit the proposal to the Government under the Sustainable Communities Act and to work together with Local Works in order to gain support from other councils in the region and across the country".

Please email your councillors today and ask them to support this motion — you can find their details here

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