Business rate discount for small retailers


Monday 13 May 2019 

Small retailers urged to apply for new Business Rates discount which has saved local businesses nearly £600,000

Households and businesses received annual Council Tax and Business Rates bills recently and South Cambridgeshire District Council is now urging people not to miss out on any discounts they may be entitled to.

One new discount for 2019-2021 – the Retail Discount – was announced by the Government in its autumn budget. The Discount sees small retailers that meet certain eligibility criteria entitled to claim a third off their annual Business Rates.

The scheme will run for two years from April 2019, and officers at South Cambridgeshire District Council believe there could be around 50 further businesses eligible to claim what could equate to around £150,000 under the new Retail Discount.

In the same way that households are ‘banded’ so that Council Tax bills can be calculated, businesses are given a ‘Rateable Value’. The new Retail Discount is available to retailers with a Rateable Value below £51,000, that use their premises wholly or mainly for retail purposes and are reasonably accessible to visiting members of the public.

Examples of the types of businesses that might be eligible include shops, opticians, post offices, show rooms, markets, garden centres, art galleries, hair and beauty services, repair services, ticket offices, travel agents, funeral directors, restaurants, takeaways, coffee shops, pubs and bars. There are some businesses that will be excluded from the scheme – such as financial services, estate agents, medical services and professional services including solicitors and accountants.

Cllr John Williams, Lead Cabinet Member for Finance at South Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “One of the four key priorities for South Cambridgeshire District Council is to support businesses of all sizes across our district. We think part of this is to clearly signpost the financial support that is available, whether through grant funds administered locally or the many different reliefs and discounts that are already available from central Government.

“The main message here is that there are discounts available that haven’t yet been claimed to support our smaller retailers. We are encouraging anyone who provides a service or runs a retail business, who isn’t sure whether they are eligible for the discount, to contact our team. We will be happy to discuss your circumstances and, in just a couple of minutes, confirm whether you are indeed eligible for a third off your Business Rates. This could be around £10,000 for some businesses, which I’m sure would be a welcome sum for many local retailers.

“What’s more, while we are raising awareness of the Retail Discount because it’s new, we also want to remind business owners and householders that there are a number of existing reliefs and discounts already available to Business Rates and Council Tax customers. For example, there are Council Tax discount entitlements for people who have a severe mental impairment, for single people, or for properties that are empty following the death of a resident or are undergoing structural alterations. The message here is the same: if you are unsure about whether you qualify for a particular reduction or discount, please contact our team, who will be happy to help.”

Businesses wishing to find out more about the available reliefs and discounts on Business Rates should visit the Council’s website,


Don’t be Scammed – be aware!

Follow the e-learning link below to improve your knowledge about the different types of scam:

The Parish Council wants to enlist your help in spreading some of its important messages, especially to more vulnerable people and those who might not see this message.

Citizens Advice works in partnership with organisations such as Trading Standards and the Metropolitan Police;  the link to the Scams information page on the Citizens Advice website can be accessed here

May Airshow: traffic restrictions and road closures

The Duxford Air Festival (05:00 on 25/5 until 20:00 on 26/5)

ROAD CLOSURE – Grange Road and Duxford Footpath 9

NO WAITING – Hunts Rd, A505, Woburn Pl, Pepperslade, Hill Farm Rd, St. Johns St, Maarnford Cl, Grange Rd, Bustlers Rise, St Peter’s St, Ickleton Road


The link below takes you to a map of the locations


Marshall relocating in 2030 – Duxford one of the options

The link below will take you to the press release issued today about the relocation of the Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group:

Marshall announces plans for the future

The second link takes you to the County Council’s news web pages:


Whittlesford Parkway Travel Hub – updated

Last month, the Greater Cambridge Partnership Executive Board agreed to proceed with a public consultation on Whittlesford Parkway Station Masterplan and develop a draft delivery plan, with a report to come back to a future Executive Board meeting.

We are now planning to run a consultation in early summer and we look forward to engaging with you throughout the process. Following the consultation, we will look into bringing the various schemes together into an outline delivery plan that looks at timings, delivery responsibilities and funding.

The master planning exercise is currently researching the future developments around the train station at Whittlesford Parkway and any required transport interventions to mitigate growth in the area. It will also look into understanding the needs of residents, commuters and key stakeholders.

We published the Stage 1 Baseline Report and Stage 2 report last year, which contains a long list and short list of potential options. Both reports can be found on our website.

The reports identified a number of key interventions to improve the capacity and connectivity to the station:

  • A new lift and footbridge between the station platforms
  • An extended network of dedicated cycle links and safe crossing points
  • A bus turning circle to enable safe and efficient interchange with train services
  • Improved junctions on the A505 to improve safety, access and capacity
  • A new decked car park, increasing the number of parking spaces by around 50%
  • A transformed public realm which prioritises pedestrians in the immediate vicinity of the station

The upcoming consultation will be discussing these interventions and other opportunities.

We will be in touch shortly with further information about the consultation, including upcoming events. If you have any questions in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


The former Spicers Site – development proposal

Huawei is seeking to develop a new research and development facility at the site on unused shrubland to the west of the existing buildings.

The South Cambridgeshire Local Plan was adopted in September 2018 and has allocated the former Spicers site in Sawston as an Established Employment Area which means an appropriate development for employment use is permitted.

We would like to invite you to view the proposals and share your views before an application is submitted to the Council.  We look forward to meeting you at the exhibition.

Click on this link to find details of the exhibition.

Stay stronger for longer

‘Stay Stronger for Longer’ highlights how strength and balance exercises help lots of people to keep doing the things they enjoy – for longer.

There are several ways you can improve your strength and balance:

Attend a fun and sociable strength and balance exercise class.  Find Stay Stronger for Longer courses near you.



If you would like to speak to somebody about a strength and balance class and live in Cambridgeshire, contact Forever Active on 07432 480105

You can do a combination of any of these at least twice a week, the more the better.

New Charges for Additional Green Bins

Since 1 April 2019, residents have to pay a small annual fee to have their additional green bin(s) collected.

  • In case of any delays with dispatch, we will continue to empty bin without a permit until the end of the April. Crews leave a card advising residents about the policy change and to prompt them to pay.
  • Anyone who now orders an additional green bin is automatically asked to pay for the permit at the time of ordering.
  • Bins and permit can up to 14 days to arrive.
  • After the 30th April, we will not empty additional bin unless it has a permit displayed.

Every household in South Cambridgeshire is entitled to one green bin for food and garden waste, which we collect fortnightly from March to November and monthly from December to February.

You can pay to have up to a further three green bins, which we’ll empty along with your first green bin. The fees for extra green bins are:

  • £20 from 1 April 2019 to 30 September 2019 for each additional bin
  • £35 from 1 October 2019 for each additional bin

You may subscribe and pay for permits at any time but we will charge the full amount. There are no discounts or concessions.

You will receive a reminder in September asking if you wish to remain in the scheme and pay for the next year. If you renew in September, the charge for a full year is £35 per additional bin.