Councillor urges local businesses to appeal rates valuation

A local Councillor is urging businesses affected by increased rates to appeal the proposed rates at the valuations office.

It comes after a number of residents raised concerns at potential increases as a result of the revaluation programme currently underway. Clifford Kelly put forward a motion to ask that Council put a discretionary revaluation support scheme in place. He questioned the rationale used for the new rates and claimed the valuation was playing ‘robin hood’ by reducing rates in one sector and penalising another with ‘unaffordable increases’.

Cllr Kelly said failing the implementation of such a scheme businesses should appeal the proposals directly to the valuation office. He claimed it will allow them to then escalate the complaint to the valuations tribunal if they are unhappy with the decision of their rates valuation.