Peterborough City Council are warning
businesses that they could face prison if they do not pay their
business rates, following the imprisonment on
Friday, 27 February, of a local businessman for non-payment of
At Peterborough Magistrates Court, local businessman Alan Harling,
from Felix Car Valeting, in North Street, Peterborough, was sentence
to 56 days in prison because of non-payment of business rates.
There had been several previous court
hearings, providing the opportunity for payment, concerning a long
standing debt. The Court was satisfied that there had been a wilful
refusal and a blameworthy neglect to pay.
Geoff Dobson, Director of Corporate
Services for the city council, said, "Peterborough enjoys a very good
collection record for the payment of business rates from the vast
majority of local business. We provide every opportunity for payment,
but for the small number that refuse to pay the Council looks to the
Courts to enforce payment according to law."