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Norfolk Canary



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Our place in Norfolk is on Business Rates and we pay the local Council to collect the refuse. You can buy your own bins or rent from them. We bought our own. They have been great to deal with particularly when we have had to suspend the service during lockdowns.
Being on Business rate has had a big positive effect on Government grants during lockdowns. I donít suppose those paying Council Tax got any grants did they? Who knows what will happen in the future with pandemics!
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Joanna



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Location: Chester, North West England & Sidmouth, East Devon

PostPosted: Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chester council don't do business waste - we use Ash Waste and they seem to be fine. We've been getting fortnightly collections from them.
https://www.ashwasteservices.co.uk/
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2021 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Joanna wrote:
Chester council don't do business waste - we use Ash Waste and they seem to be fine. We've been getting fortnightly collections from them.
https://www.ashwasteservices.co.uk/



Thank you for your reply, I am sorry I only just saw your answer. Do you know who to speak to at the Council, I canít find any information about business rates for FHLís on Cheshire West website. Also would you know how much you pay for the refuse? Many thanks
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Joanna



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2021 12:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think we pay around £75 per month for fortnightly collections - although it's been a while since we had a typical month! It will depend on what size bin you have & how often it's emptied.

If I remember rightly you have to get a business rating value from the Valuations Office and then Chester work out your rates based on that value.

https://www.gov.uk/topic/local-government/business-rates

If you qualify for rate relief I think you'll have to apply for it after you're registered.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2021 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just curious about folks who live in a 'street' - how do you prevent others putting rubbish in your bin?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2021 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Our wheelie bin has to go at the front of the house and we leave it at the back of the parking bay as far from the pavement as possible. It helps that the waste company don't have a problem with walking onto our property to fetch the bin. There's nothing to stop passers by putting rubbish in but they would have to go out of their way to do it. Also, some of our neighbours have their bins next to the pavement so I suspect that they would get rubbish from passers by before we did. However, we're off site so the reality is that I have no idea if other people put rubbish in our bin.
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dwtmill



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2021 7:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When we applied to change from council tax to business rates we had to send in our trading accounts for past years. We sent in copies of our accounts for the precious three years and the council refunded our council tax payments for each of those years. Our business rates are zero rated. The council have paid all of the Covid-19 lockdown grants, as they became available, without any intervention from us. For us it was a 'win, win' situation. My fear is that this will all change in the near future when the government change the rules to increase revenue to pay for the Covid-19 borrowing.
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Jonathan



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2021 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="Joanna"]I think we pay around £75 per month for fortnightly collections - although it's been a while since we had a typical month! It will depend on what size bin you have & how often it's emptied.

We pay our local council £50 a year for each bin to be collected fortnightly. Clearly councils differ.

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