CHESTER City Council says it has little control over the levels of business rates.
Responding to concerns expressed this week by city centre traders, a council spokeswoman said: “Chester City Council collects business rates on behalf of central Government and fees are worked out using national calculations, according to interest rates and a property’s rental value.
“The council does not set business rates and providing there is a valid reason, such as a shift in local circumstances, people can appeal to the Valuation Office Agency if they believe they are paying too much.
“The economic success of Chester is key and for the first time in many years, the council is not increasing city centre parking charges. The council is also undertaking a review to boost the use of car parks.”