Somerset West & Taunton Council is throwing a lifeline to commercial fishing vessels and businesses moored in Minehead.
These business pay mooring fees but are exempt from paying rates and don’t qualify for any of the support grants set up by the Government.
The Council has decided to implement a local scheme to help them stay afloat during the Covid 19 outbreak and aid their post Coronavirus recovery.
It will give them a three month reduction on their annual mooring bill. The invoices would normally be issued for the financial year from 1 April but will now go out on 1 July instead requesting payment for just the remaining nine months.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Federica Smith-Roberts, said: “The Council is keen to support the commercial vessel skippers and their businesses with relief on the Minehead mooring fees.
This is in recognition that a number of government schemes would not be accessible for these businesses who are being impacted by the current Covid 19 emergency.
We are doing our best to support businesses across Somerset West and Taunton, and are keen to do whatever we can stop any of them slipping through the net. I hope this will be welcome news for those affected.”
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