'I'd rather pay the mafia': Gravesend restaurant owner speaks out

'I'd rather pay the mafia': Gravesend  restaurant owner speaks out

'I'd rather pay the mafia': Gravesend restaurant owner speaks out

'I'd rather pay the mafia': Gravesend restaurant owner speaks out

'I'd rather pay the mafia': Gravesend restaurant owner speaks out

First published in News News Shopper: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

A Meopham restaurant owner says he would "rather pay the mafia" than fork out for increased business rates which he says are threatening his business.

Ian Eldridge owns the Mediterranean-style restaurant Bartellas in Wrotham Road and appeared at Dartford Magistrates’ Court on April 10 for not paying the hiked rate for six months.

He has applied for discretionary rate relief from Gravesham Council because of the work his restaurant does with local charities.

Mr Eldridge said the rates have increased more than doubled since he opened 11 years ago - from £1,400 per month to £3,000.

He said: "I said I’d rather pay the mafia the money because at least they’d offer me protection and come and eat in my restaurant. All this money each week for what?

"Where is all the money going? Whenever I go past the town centre there are flags waving or fountains flowing.

"It does put a strain on the business.

"I won’t close my restaurant over this. I’m not going to go away. I will carry on banging the drum."

Mr Eldridge has applied for discretionary rates relief, which means the council could reduce the charge, because of the work his business does with the community.

However the council would have to fund the gap through its own finances. 

He said: "My business has helped the neighbourhood and I do a lot of work with charities and the church, every week.

"Customers are shocked when I tell them what’s going on.

"Now I’ve had a summons at Dartford Magistrates’ over it. They said I didn’t have to turn up but I wanted to go, so I could say my piece.

"No one quite understands how they have worked it out. We are obliged to share the information and I think the fact we’ve been so open means they’ve penalised us."

A Gravesham Council spokeswoman said: “Mr Eldridge has exercised his right of appeal to the independent valuation tribunal successfully and the rateable value of his restaurant premises has been reduced.

“The council has no ability to influence the rateable value.

“Similarly, the rate in the pound is determined by the Government and the Council has no influence over this process. 

“The council’s role is to collect the rates that are due based upon the rateable value and the rate in the pound.”

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10:18am Thu 17 Apr 14

white rabbit9 says...

You are paying the mafia, you are paying the rothschild zionist jewish mafia know n as the government. The 1% created the money for you to slave away and give them in your created energy.
America just had a stand off between the cowboys and the police enforcing obama policy. Oh by the way obama works for the rothschilds zionist jewish mafia. David cameron works for the Rothschilds zionist jewish mafia. Labour, rothschilds zionist jewish mafia, nick clegg, zionist mafia.

https://www.youtube.
com/watch?v=dXUFVYQf
7FQ
You are paying the mafia, you are paying the rothschild zionist jewish mafia know n as the government. The 1% created the money for you to slave away and give them in your created energy. America just had a stand off between the cowboys and the police enforcing obama policy. Oh by the way obama works for the rothschilds zionist jewish mafia. David cameron works for the Rothschilds zionist jewish mafia. Labour, rothschilds zionist jewish mafia, nick clegg, zionist mafia. https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=dXUFVYQf 7FQ white rabbit9
  • Score: 4

11:34am Thu 17 Apr 14

madras says...

So, our chancellor seems to have got the message at last that reducing taxes can actually help stimulate the economy. Unfortunately our numpty council leaders (assuming it is they who set rates) haven't got the message

Freeze / reduce business rates - encourage diversity of business

Simples!
So, our chancellor seems to have got the message at last that reducing taxes can actually help stimulate the economy. Unfortunately our numpty council leaders (assuming it is they who set rates) haven't got the message Freeze / reduce business rates - encourage diversity of business Simples! madras
  • Score: 2

12:16pm Thu 17 Apr 14

white rabbit9 says...

madras wrote:
So, our chancellor seems to have got the message at last that reducing taxes can actually help stimulate the economy. Unfortunately our numpty council leaders (assuming it is they who set rates) haven't got the message

Freeze / reduce business rates - encourage diversity of business

Simples!
Not got a clue what is going on have you.
[quote][p][bold]madras[/bold] wrote: So, our chancellor seems to have got the message at last that reducing taxes can actually help stimulate the economy. Unfortunately our numpty council leaders (assuming it is they who set rates) haven't got the message Freeze / reduce business rates - encourage diversity of business Simples![/p][/quote]Not got a clue what is going on have you. white rabbit9
  • Score: 2

4:35pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Parking_Advice says...

The Valuation Office (dept of Inland Revenue) set a Rateable Value based on the sq. footage of the premises
The Government set a multiplier

The council multiply the rateable value by the multiplier and collect the charge.

If they award discretionary relief the council have to pay whatever they award to the government, unlike council tax local authorities don't retain business rates, it goes straight to the government to be distributed
The Valuation Office (dept of Inland Revenue) set a Rateable Value based on the sq. footage of the premises The Government set a multiplier The council multiply the rateable value by the multiplier and collect the charge. If they award discretionary relief the council have to pay whatever they award to the government, unlike council tax local authorities don't retain business rates, it goes straight to the government to be distributed Parking_Advice
  • Score: 3

12:11pm Thu 24 Apr 14

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ya, this is right. this site is really enjoyed. This is such a Great resource that you are providing and it’s really helpful for me. It gives in depth information. Thanks for this wonderful information. thanks Parkerjsmith
  • Score: 0

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