AC­TION NOW IS A BIT TOO LATE

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

SU­BI­ACO Coun­cil is step­ping in to help its business peo­ple who are get­ting cor­nered by high rents. How­ever, it comes more than a year after there was a push for sim­i­lar ac­tion by a cou­ple of coun­cil­lors, which failed to get support. The del­e­gated au­thor­ity decision made by chief ex­ec­u­tive Stephen Tin­dale to au­dit va­cant prop­er­ties and host a round­table dis­cus­sion with land­lords as part of a re­tail strat­egy, comes just two weeks after one of the City’s most popular restau­ra­teurs Alain Fabregues’ rent was in­creased by more than half. Mr Tin­dale has 10 sleeps un­til he re­tires, Su­bi­aco could be swal­lowed by Cam­bridge by July and chances of a thor­ough au­dit of th­ese busi­nesses, many at break­ing point, and sig­nif­i­cant change within that time frame is slim. At this late stage, busi­nesses will not turn a cor­ner un­til land­lords, all of them not just a few, step up. It’s too lit­tle too late from Su­bi­aco.

Denise S. Cahill - Ed­i­tor

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