Thu 17 Sep 2020
Unless the accounts are paid this week, £25 fines – which are permitted by law – will be applied and steps taken to enforce payment via court order.
This is always a last resort for the Vale Parish but Senior Constable Richard Leale (pictured above) said: "We have a duty to the thousands of other parishioners who do pay their rates on time to ensure that everyone else does too,' he said. 'We can't simply ignore this even if we wanted to."
A total of 4,697 rate demands were sent out this year and all but 190 now remain unpaid. The money collected, around £760,000 last year, is vital to pay for parish services, which include refuse collection and disposal, street lighting, contributions towards the upkeep of the Vale Church and cemeteries, and Les Amarreurs playground.
"The Douzaine does everything it can to contain costs and to minimise rates bills. Having to chase people like this can actually increase what we have to charge people because of the extra work and cost of taking people to court," said Mr Leale.
"That's why it's so antisocial and why, reluctantly, we will take anyone to court who doesn't pay their rates."