Opening of town's pop up shop prompts social media backlash
A scheme offering rates-free premises to temporary shops in a Mid Devon town has sparked an angry backlash on Twitter.
The first Portas pop-up shop in Tiverton hosts craft stalls and enjoys 100% business rates relief. The news was met with incredulity from Matthew Conridge, managing director of the Entertainment Exchange, a chain of buy-and-sell stores in Tiverton, Exmouth and Crediton, who tweeted: "Whoever it was who decided to give commercial businesses in Tiverton free money with the rates relief should have actually asked the local businesses what they think the money should be spent on. Any public money should have gone to a project which benefited the High Street as a whole not a few."
Councillor Sue Griggs, who chairs the Tiverton town team, said: "Mid Devon District Council have been very helpful in starting this up and the decision is just something that works for what we are trying to do."