would like to express some concerns I have about our dear
County Council. I own a house on Wye Street in Ross which
unfortunately caught fire 18 months ago and still has not
been completely renovated. Despite this, I am being charged
rates by the local council.
4 weeks ago I was at the property to check how things were
progressing. Whilst I was there an employee of Herefordshire
Council came to the door asking to see me. I asked her into
what was quite evidently still a building site. I was then
informed by her that I owed the council £618.75 in
rates for the house, despite the fact that the house was
obviously uninhabitable. After pointing out this fact to
her again and showing her the rest of the house, she was
still adamant that the rates would have to paid and that
the council would soon be taking steps to retrieve the debt.
morning I received a letter at my office from Bristow and
Sutor, informing me that a judgement had been made against
me in the County Court for non payment of these rates and
that they would be sending a bailiff around to remove goods
from my office to sell at public auction. This, as you can
imagine, did not go down too well with me and I was immediately
on the phone to Bristow and Sutor. I tried to explain the
situation to them but this basically fell on deaf ears and
I was told to take it up with the council. Being in the
mood I was in by then, I told them in no uncertain terms
what would happen if they came to my door and tried to remove
anything. To put that in language polite enough to publish,
'That I would stop them doing so with any means necessary.'
next call was to the rates section of the council. Here
I was told that the rates would have to be paid and that
they would have the bailiff remove goods from my office.
At this point I asked if they would record the conversation
and carried on to inform them what would happen should they
attempt to do this much, as I had done to Bristow and Sutor.
have no intention of backing down on this and as anybody
that knows me will tell you, Iím not frightened of them
and will do what ever it takes. Apparently the council won't
back off, so an interesting situation seems to be developing
here. I donít really care which way it goes. So far I have
beaten the Norwich Union into submission, so why not the
council? Nic TaylorÖ
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