I’m a business owner

Although we cannot put up signs for individual named businesses, plenty of signs will be put up to inform traffic that all businesses on Great Howard Street are open as usual.

Vehicles that have been directed on to the diversion route will also be directed back onto Great Howard Street as soon as possible.

View a map of the main diversion routes which you can pass on to your suppliers or customers. 

The scheme will start on 4th July 2016, and we aim to complete the bridge reconstruction within approximately 30 weeks.  The work will be phased to ensure it is completed as quickly, safely and efficiently as possible.

We’ll keep you up to date with the progress of the scheme on these pages and via our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Temporary reduction of Business Rates 

If the roadworks are in place for a minimum of four months, you can appeal your rateable value through the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) if you believe they are affecting your business.

The VOA would need to consider the severity of the problem and if the roadworks would result in a reduction of the rental value of the property in question. Any reductions would be based on an assessment, plans, contract details and anticipated duration of works.

You must appeal as soon as possible after the works have started or whilst the roadworks are ongoing. You cannot appeal retrospectively once work is complete. Any notes, photographs or evidence of fall of trading accounts may assist in the VOA's judgement.

If you wish to appeal your rateable value visit the VOA website or call 03000 501501.  Appeals will take some time to process so you should continue to make payments as directed on your Non Domestic Rates bill.

You should also be aware that once improvements have been made, your rateable value could be higher than the original assessment when it is reinstated.