Rogate Parish Council steps up for shop


Rogate parish councillors have stepped in to help save the village shop where roadworks have hit trade.

Chairman Steve Williamson reported in the latest parish magazine ‘R&T News’, ‘the viability of the shop has been uncertain for some time and the impact of the current roadworks has made matters worse’.

He said the weekday takings were ‘down considerably’ although the weekend remained the same. There was no recompense available from the county council although the reduced trade was a result of roadworks disruption.

The parish clerk identified a way for the parish council to help under a section of the Local Government Act 1972 as long as it benefited the community. Mr Williamson said it had been agreed to offer a one-off contribution of £900 ‘to help maintain the shop for the community’.