Bath’s MP Wera Hobhouse has joined the battle to save Jolly’s in Milsom Street from closure.
As part of the House of Fraser group, rescued by Mike Ashley earlier this year, Jolly’s is at risk because the new owner says to remain viable Jolly’s needs a rent reduction from the landlord, B&NES Council.
Bath MP, Wera Hobhouse said: “I have some sympathy for the Council, as they are cash strapped because central government aren’t giving them any money. They are trying to plug the gap in the social care budget with income from high commercial rents. Having said that, the council should not act like a private landlord; they have a responsibility to the people of Bath, and to act in the public good.”
Ms Hobhouse is also keen to avoid the knock-on effect on Milsom Street’s smaller shops and businesses should Jolly’s close.
She said: “The public good in this case is to ensure that Bath has a thriving high street with a large variety of shopping experiences. I encourage the Council to find a creative way to prevent a Jolly’s sized hole appearing in Milsom Street.”