Allotment fees could rise due to water rate increases
Water charges at allotments in Tweedmouth are facing a massive increase due to a change in the way Northumbrian Water charges.
The water supply at Blakewell Gardens has been charged for on a rateable value basis at an annualcost of £95
Northumbrian Water is now moving away from this charging regime for non-domestic premises to an assessed charge where no water meter is installed.
The Blakewell Garden site has been assessed as being in Band 3, which will result in an annual charge of £632.15. The increase will be phased in over two years, resulting in a 2016-17 charge of £365.33 followed by a charge of £632.15 for 2017-18 and subsequent years.
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The main option offered by Northumbrian Water is to install a water meter. Berwick Town Council is to investigate.
But Mayor Hazel Bettison said: “I think it’s a disgrace. Northumbrian Water should be ashamed of themselves. At the end of the day, it is going to penalise a lot of people.”
The council is also asking Northumbrian Water to investigate why the water supply at Five Arches field has stopped. This may be linked to the closure of Seton Hall care home.