What price common sense?

21 Dec

When Independent Councillor Claire Wright suggested that second home owners in East Devon should pay full council tax and not 90% she was shot down in flames.

Now we see that Plymouth (Labour) and South Hams (Conservative) have decided to charge second home owners 100% council tax on homes which are in use and 150% council tax on homes unoccupied for more than 2 years.

It seems that in East Devon, political point scoring is more important than revenue raising or common sense.

2 Responses to “What price common sense?”

  1. Mike Temple aka John Betjeman above December 21, 2012 at 9:48 am #

    And how many second homes does Sidmouth have? And how many of those three-storey houses with roof terraces proposed at Knowle will be or become such? (Or else they’ll be investment properties…)

    • Garland Pickard December 21, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

      In Eastern town I believe that the total is 32 which all used to house locals but now some are let for holidaymakers, but the majority are used for a few weekends in the summer and are then empty for the remainder of the year. They do not bring in a lot of trade to the town as people mostly arrive with all of their food purchased in their home towns. One large detached house nearby is used for a maximum of four weeks per annum, and the remainder of the time is empty; there is also one property in my road which has been empty for well over 10 years. I would charge double Council tax for all second homes.

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