Belfast Telegraph

Rates relief on offer for businesses affected by Primark fire

The fire at the Bank Buildings in August 2018
The fire at the Bank Buildings in August 2018

The Land & Property Services (LPS) is offering rates relief to Belfast businesses affected by the Primark fire.

LPS is encouraging businesses who have lost out due to the fire at the historic Bank Buildings to contact them about help paying their rates.

Business owners who are experiencing cash flow difficulties as a result of the fire can also contact LPS to discuss an extended payment arrangement.

Fourteen businesses within the cordon were closed following the August 28 fire with a number reopening this week following the installation of a temporary walkway in the area.

A Primark store reopened on Castle Street on Saturday, while Argento, McDonald's, Spar and Skechers reopened last week.

Zara, Tesco Metro and British Heart Fountain remain closed while works continue to secure Bank Buildings, and City Picnic (extra market stalls in Donegall Place) and Abacus Beads (Queen's Arcade) continue to trade from their temporary premises.

Information has been circulated to city centre businesses on how to apply for Hardship Rate Relief.

The scheme helps businesses recover from a temporary crisis, financial or otherwise as a result of exceptional circumstances.

Businesses must still pay their rates while the LPS considers an application for assistance, the money will then be refunded if the application is succesful.

Applications for relief must be received by March 31, 2019.

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