James GRAY   Conservative MP for North Wiltshire

“I am extremely concerned that these rate rises will have a very negative impact on local businesses and particularly those in valuable town centre properties,” said North Wiltshire MP James Gray.

“High streets in market towns such as Malmesbury, Royal Wootton Bassett or Corsham already struggle to compete with the internet and out of town retailers and these measures could prove simply unaffordable for many of the shops, pubs and food outlets leading to the demise of traditional town centres.”

“I very much hope that these proposals can be looked at again before many of the businesses we value so much in this area are adversely affected.”