A SHOPKEEPER is being prosecuted for refusing to pay more than £1,200 in business rates due to disruptive building work outside her store.
Georgina Henderson, who runs Foam Fashion in Hart Street, Henley, claims her takings have fallen drastically and that she couldn’t afford to make two payments of £601 to South Oxfordshire District Council earlier this year.
She has been summonsed to appear at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.
Ms Henderson, 51, who has run the boutique since 2006, says her business has been badly disrupted by the construction of two houses in a courtyard behind the shop.
The work has meant that three parking spaces on the road outside the store have been fenced off since March last year to provide a storage area for skips and building materials.