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Business owners face legal action

More than 100 BID non-payers receive a court summons
MORE than 100 businesses are being taken to court for not paying their levy to the Dartmouth Business Improvement District.
As of Thursday last week, £47,139 remains uncollected – more than a quarter of the expected total of £172,350 from the 743 businesses in the BID.
South Hams Council, responsible for collecting the levy, said 103 summonses over unpaid invoices were sent on Monday, February 9, for appearances at Plymouth Magist­rates Court next Friday.
‘We expect to issue further summonses for a court date at the end of March,’ said a spokesman.
‘As far as non-payers are concerned, it is difficult to provide an accurate figure as there are a number of businesses who have made their own various arrangements for making payments to us.’
The decision to take legal action has been described by businessman and town councillor Dave Cawley as the BID moving into ‘a new and ugly ballpark’.
But BID manager Francesca Johnson has hit back saying they do not wish to see anybody in court but guidelines over collection have to be followed.

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