Rates still a worry for many
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.