Post Office has to move due to ‘crippling rates’

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The owner of Eastwood Post Office says “crippling” business rates have forced him to look at relocating to a different building.

Postmaster Ali Aslam said he cannot keep up with the £6,500-a-year bill at 120 Nottingham Road.

He said if the Post Office was to move to the proposed new location further down the road at 21 Nottingham Road, there would be no rates at all.

“The business rates are too much and it’s just not economical to continue,” he said.

“We’ve asked the council for a reduction because it’s a Post Office for the community but they said no.”

Residents are being urged to have their say on the proposed move in a six-week pulic consultation, which will close on June 15.

Mr Aslam said should the move go ahead, services and opening hours would remain the same and the Post Office would only close for a few days during the changeover.

The previous postmaster owned the building so there were no rates to pay. It was sold to the council when he left.

A spokesman for Broxtowe Borough Council said: “Business Rates are set by the valuation office not by the council. We can grant reliefs under certain circumstances however as the Post Office is part of a national organisation it does not qualify.”

Submissions can be made during the consultation by Freepost YOUR COMMENTS to Post Office Ltd, via email to comments@postoffice.co.uk, via the Customer Helpline on 03457 22 33 44 or textphone 03457 22 33 55. Or visit postofficeviews.co.uk with the code 166227.