Following the COMBEbusiness event on Wednesday 1 April, when businesses from Combe Martin, Ilfracombe and Woolacombe listedÂ the issues they want candidates in the forthcoming town/parish, district and national elections to address, belowÂ is the response from UKIP parliamentaryÂ candidate Steve Crowther.
COMBEbusiness thanks them for taking the time to consider the questions and to reply.
These are the responses to theÂ wishlist and questionsÂ put to all candidates:
As a businessman myself, my priority if elected will be to promote, build, support and energise the North Devon economy. That means supporting our major industry, tourism, but also making sure we diversify and attract entrepreneurs who will start clever businesses here and providemore jobs and higher wages for our young people.
I am very sympathetic to the VAT reforms for seasonal hospitality businesses. VAT is a tricky tax, because it is subject to EU rules, but I would like to see progress on this.
I support a cut in Business Rates by 20% for companies having premises with a total Rateable Value of less than Â£50,000 and a push for 30 minutes free parking in every high street and shopping parade.
On litter, cleanliness and care for the local environment, we absolutely support the proposals for empowering local communities to pitch in, and educating youngsters to be more aware. In towns where UKIP runs councils, such as Ramsey in Cambs, citizen involvement in litter-picking, grass-cutting and even cleaning the public loos is encouraged (and successful).