Vet Support Group Says Business Rates Could Cripple Them

Bill Wilson, Chairman of the Veterinary Support Group

The Isles of Scilly Veterinary Support Group is battling a business rating decision for their newly built accommodation in Old Town which their chairman claims could cripple the group.

Bill Wilson told last night’s annual general meeting at the Scillonian Club that he was hopeful the high valuation for business rates would be tackled.

The group has already succeeded in getting the domestic property banding changed from band D to the cheapest band A. Bill says that the accomodation is tied to the vet role and the home cannot be traded on the open market, so it has no open market value.

However, the group has been presented with a bill for business rates of over £4000 a year by the mainland-based Valuation Agency which makes the new premises the most expensive veterinary surgery in the Cornwall area, more than a new facility with a massive carpark, members heard last night.

Bill says he hopes that by using the knowledge of former valuations officer and group member, Mike Skaife, the amount can be reduced.

Mike said it’s been a good year for the group and they only need to find £20,000 to pay off the vets surgery and accommodation building costs.

Almost a quarter of a million pounds has been through the books this year thanks largely to a sizeable grant from the Local Action Group to fund the building.

In the year ahead Bill hopes to encourage more islanders and visitors to sign up for the £10 annual membership which brought in £1860 last year.