UPDATE: Sir William Cash MP intervenes on Stone High Street and business rates policy

Further to the meeting Stone MP, Sir Bill Cash held with the Stafford Borough Council Chief and Leader on improving the business environment for the High Street and seeking fair business rates on 13th February and meetings in Westminster, Sir Bill is currently engaged in the following activities:

  • Liaising with the local business community in the constituency and Government ministers on business rates, particularly in the light of the 2017 revaluations and following the Budget on Wednesday 8th March (last week);
  • Engaging in correspondence with the Chief Executive of the Co-operative regarding their presence in Stone;
  • Engaging in correspondence with the Chief Executive of Sainsbury’s regarding their local frozen food depot in Stone;
  • Seeking agreement on the information board and for the trader’s Christmas Market with Stone Town Council;
  • Seeking agreement on a parking scheme for local traders from the High Street and the surrounding roads;
  • Building on events and festivals, including  superb farmers market and the Stone Food & Drink Festival, so that Stone has its own music or cheese and wine events and festivals;
  • Promoting local cultural initiatives such as the unveiling of innovative artwork produced for Stone Station by a group of local artists who worked with London Midland in order to show their pride for their local community;
  • Promoting the Stone rail station with remarkable growth in its annual passenger footfall figures, so that new visitors can come to the town to spend money;
  • Ensuring brown tourism signs – the white on brown signs – that enable essential directional guidance to attract people into the centre of Stone from the main roads running through the town;
  • Seeking enhanced opportunities for hotel occupancy in the town and a rebalancing to the town’s economy to bring in retail businesses of all kinds and good restaurants adding to very good ones Stone already has; 
  • Ensuring Stone gains vital planning controls to restrict too many similar shops such as charity shops, Betting shops, E-cigarette shops etc.
  • Proposed a great Community Heritage/Museum Centre to make the approach into the High Street much more attractive.
  • Promoting car parking for visitors with attractive signs in the car parks and signs in the high street highlighting the short walk to these car parks e.g. Mill Street to Christ Church is less than 3 minutes.
  • Seeking more ‘Brown Signs’ on A34 etc. showing heritage attractions and places of special interest.