Rates still a worry for many

Bray People - - Report Council -

COM­MER­CIAL wa­ter rates have been cited as a se­ri­ous prob­lem for strug­gling Co. Wick­low busi­nesses, with many forced to close their doors due to crip­pling over­heads.

Stand­ing or­ders were called to halt at Wick­low County Coun­cil on Mon­day as Cllr. Tom For­tune said that the mat­ter must be dis­cussed as a mat­ter of ur­gency.

‘This needs a na­tional re­sponse. Wa­ter charges are pe­nal­is­ing many busi­nesses such as B&Bs, Post Offices and oth­ers who were told in the past that they would not be faced with such levies at all. It is not jus­ti­fied. Th­ese peo­ple are un­der se­vere pres­sure and just can­not carry it,’ he said.

Cllr. Jimmy O’Shaugh­nessy added that many com­mu­nity and vol­un­tary fa­cil­i­ties which of­ten use hardly any wa­ter are nearly at a stand­still.

He cited a com­mu­nity cen­tre which re­ceived a bill of €6,000 and sug­gested that such groups get a fixed rate.

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