A SHOPKEEPER who owes more than £1,200 in business rates has been ordered to pay up by magistrates.
Georgina Henderson, who runs Foam Fashion in Hart Street, Henley, claims she should not have to pay the full rates due to disruptive building work outside her store.
South Oxfordshire District Council was granted a liability order at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on Monday to pursue the entire amount of £1,202, plus court fees of £120, from Ms Henderson. However, enforcement of the order has been postponed until June 16 as Ms Henderson waits to hear whether she is eligible for a reduction in rates.
She contacted the Valuation Office earlier this month with figures she claims prove the building work is affecting trade. She is expecting a reply next Tuesday and could be granted a reduction in rates.
Nigel Shepherd, prosecuting for the district council, said: “If a summons is issued and the amount is not paid and the court is satisfied that it can be paid by the defendant then it must make a liability order.