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Yorkshire Coast D-BID Levy Court Hearing Adjourned

Yorkshire Coast D-BID Levy Court Hearing Adjourned

Published by Karen Liu at 6:01am 27th February 2020. (Updated at 8:26am 27th February 2020)

East Riding business owners that have not paid the Yorkshire Coast D-BID levy are due back in court next month.

That is the outcome from several court summons that was heard at Beverley Magistrates yesterday (Wednesday 26th February).

The businesses were given liability orders for non-payment of Business Improvement District rate, plus costs.

A number of people attended the hearing to support the businesses.

One of those was Hero Sumner, who explains what happened:

"The Magistrates actually went away and deliberated for some time, having been informed by plenty of people that there was a review pending.

That's when the Magistrates went away, came back and said although as Magistrates, they were due to uphold the liability orders, that they were going to adjourn until the 25th of March.

There was one guy, for instance, who said 'I didn't know anything about this; I didn't get a ballot paper, I didn't get a reminder letter let alone a bill, all I got was a summons to court.

Everybody was saying exactly the same thing, that this was something that they felt completely bewildered by.

It was revealed that there were still 38 outstanding levy payments in the East Riding."

Hero spoke to Yorkshire Coast Radio's Karen Liu after the hearing:

Scarborough Borough Council's Audit Committee is due to discuss the findings of the report by the Association of Electoral Administrators, who investigated the role the authority had in carrying out the ballot for the entire Yorkshire Coast BID area.

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A spokesperson for the Yorkshire Coast BID said:

"Whilst we are unable to comment on East Riding of Yorkshire Council's ongoing work to collect outstanding levy payments, as a BID, we remain committed to fulfilling our remit to promote and protect the Yorkshire coast and support our valued members.

We are pleased to report that over 85% of the BID revenue has been collected to date and we would encourage the businesses who have not yet contributed to do so to prevent incurring any additional costs.

We want to be clear that the Scarborough Borough Council investigation will not alter the BID's ability to operate or its plans for the next five years as it continues to work in collaboration with members." 

East Riding of Yorkshire Council has reiterated its stance by saying they are only the collection agent of the levies on the instruction of the Yorkshire Coast BID.

 

 

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zara, on 27th February 2020 9:02am
so how are the DBID people protecting the Yorkshire Coast?

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