Fears of rent increase for Worthing Shopmobility allayed.

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A CHARITY shop in Worthing can breathe a sigh of relief after concerns of a devastating 2,000,000 per cent rent increase were allayed.

Worthing Shopmobility, in Liverpool Gardens, was told its rent arrangement of £1 per year would be replaced with a commercial rent, which could have been up to £20,000.

Shop manager Marian Court said an agent visited the charity after the lease ran out to say it would have to start paying more rent. However, LaSalle management has now confirmed this is not the plan, and the charity has a lease until 2015.

Marian said the charity helps people who would otherwise be housebound and brings money into the town centre, so it was essential it stays open.

Shopmobility provides manual and powered wheelchairs and scooters for anyone with mobility problems to gain access to town centre shops and services. The shop knew it could not afford the increases, as it had already been forced to increase its scooter rental charges from £3 to £4, just to break even.