April Fools' Day: St Albans pub closes due to increase in business rates

PUBLISHED: 10:50 01 April 2019 | UPDATED: 12:04 01 April 2019

The Boot in St Albans is closing down due to rising business rates. Picture: Anne Suslak

The Boot in St Albans is closing down due to rising business rates. Picture: Anne Suslak

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Two historic St Albans pubs have been forced to close following a hike in business rates.

The Boot in St Albans is closing down due to rising business rates. Picture: Anne SuslakThe Boot in St Albans is closing down due to rising business rates. Picture: Anne Suslak

Fences have gone up around The Boot in Market Place today (Monday, April 1) with signs explaining the detrimental effect rising business rates have had on local pubs.

The signs say: ‘Pub closed due to unsustainable business rates’, ‘New luxury flats?’ and ‘Another empty high street building’.

The Boot in St Albans is closing down due to rising business rates. Picture: Anne SuslakThe Boot in St Albans is closing down due to rising business rates. Picture: Anne Suslak

Signs and fencing have also gone up around Ye Olde Fighting Cocks in Abbey Mill Lane, believed to be the oldest pub in Britain.

The Boot is a grade II listed building which dates to around 1500.

The Boot in St Albans is closing down due to rising business rates. Picture: Anne SuslakThe Boot in St Albans is closing down due to rising business rates. Picture: Anne Suslak

Manager Marley Hart said: “Due to the failure in the government policy with business rates, which is failing St Albans High Street, we have unfortunately had to close at the start of the tax year.”

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