Levy ‘unfair’ claims garage boss

John Hunter with Linlithgow BID Invoices
John Hunter with Linlithgow BID Invoices

As levy invoices hit the mats of businesses and retailers within the Linlithgow BID districts, renewed anger has bubbled to the surface from disgruntled traders.

Some retailers claim they are being charged unfairly, when larger businesses are exempt from the charges.

The local Business Improvement District (BID), which was voted through last year has two seperate and distinct areas.

The first being the Mill Road area and the second, Linlithgow town centre. If you operate within this geographical boundary then you are bound to pay a levy based on your businesses’ rateable value.

Some owners feel that they are being held to ransom, being forced to pay for something they don’t agree with or feel is doing their business any good whatsoever.

Mairi Hunter from Hunters of Linlithgow, a garage based within the Mill Road BID area has received an invoice for £1700 which also includes a levy on an empty building they own.

She told us: “It is an unfair and unjust levy but we are being held to ransom.

‘‘I cannot understand why multi-million pound companies like Argos and Sainsbury’s at the Stockbridge Retail Park are not having having to contribute when the small businesses in the town are.”