PETITION – WE NEED YOUR URGENT HELP
Harrogate Borough Council is increasing the cost of rent and stall assembly to traders by over 25%. This will mean that it will not be financially viable to continue trading for several market traders.
Other local councils helped market traders who could trade during lockdown providing essential food products. This was through charging no rent or discounting rent. When non-food traders were allowed to return, after not being able to trade for 3 months, full rent was charged despite other local councils providing financial assistance.
This 25% increase is being introduced on 1st August and excludes VAT which is charged by Harrogate Borough Council but not by other councils, most traders are not VAT registered so cannot recover the VAT. This will lead to the loss of more traders from the ancient markets of Knaresborough and Ripon. We are asking for your support to stop this rent increase, please sign now before it is too late.