Flooded-out family faces double tax bill

Flooded-out family faces double tax bill

Flooded-out family faces double tax bill

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A FAMILY forced to live in a caravan after their bungalow was flooded last year is now being hounded by the council to pay council tax... on both properties!

Alan Evans, 47, his wife Toni, and their three children have been living in a caravan for the past month, while their threebedroom bungalow undergoes repairs after heavy rain last November.

So, in the meantime the family from Roggel Road, Canvey, have parked a caravan, on their own land. Yet they are now being asked to pay council tax on both their home, which is currently uninhabitable, and the caravan.

Mr Evans, 47, told how the family has received a council tax bill totalling more than £2,000 for both.

He said: “The situation is absolutely shocking and the council is admitting no responsibility whatsoever.

“It isn’t even about the money, that isn’t my major issue, it is the principle. Surrounding councils waived council tax fees to families in similar situations, you would think Castle Point Council would be as compassionate.”

The family lost the majority of their belongings through the flood, and has been forced to store the remainder of their things in 30 boxes.

Mrs Evans said: “Living in the bungalow after the flood was absolutely horrendous; we’ve now had to move out while work gets carried out.

“We’ve lost most of our furniture as it all got destroyed; all of these things need to be replaced.

And on top of that the council are expecting us to pay two whole lots of council tax?”

The family have also been in touch with their councillor, Barry Campagna, who believes the council need to have a heart.

He said: “It is one of the worst cases of its kind at the moment in Castle Point and needs to be dealt with.

“The fact that they are expected to pay council tax is unbelievable and the council should show more compassion.”

A council spokeswoman said they cannot provide a comment at the moment as the matter is under investigation.

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10:10am Fri 30 May 14

sesibollox says...

If they hadn't informed the council, of their predicament why should the council not charge them twice, probably grassed by a neighbour, that they have people living in a caravan, on their land....
If they hadn't informed the council, of their predicament why should the council not charge them twice, probably grassed by a neighbour, that they have people living in a caravan, on their land.... sesibollox
  • Score: 6

10:31am Fri 30 May 14

VeteranOfMany says...

How was this bungalow, the only property in that road to suffer flooding?
Did they sub let the caravan? got caught and made up this story?
How was this bungalow, the only property in that road to suffer flooding? Did they sub let the caravan? got caught and made up this story? VeteranOfMany
  • Score: -7

11:06am Fri 30 May 14

John Right says...

Something Fishy going on here me thinks.
Something Fishy going on here me thinks. John Right
  • Score: -6

11:23am Fri 30 May 14

w-jback says...

What band would a caravan be in?
What band would a caravan be in? w-jback
  • Score: 9

11:25am Fri 30 May 14

John Right says...

w-jback wrote:
What band would a caravan be in?
Rock band?
[quote][p][bold]w-jback[/bold] wrote: What band would a caravan be in?[/p][/quote]Rock band? John Right
  • Score: 2

1:07pm Fri 30 May 14

MilesBond says...

A council spokeswoman said "they cannot provide a comment at the moment as the matter is under investigation".

Roughly translated as; give us a bit more time to find some dirt on them.
A council spokeswoman said "they cannot provide a comment at the moment as the matter is under investigation". Roughly translated as; give us a bit more time to find some dirt on them. MilesBond
  • Score: 5

1:47pm Fri 30 May 14

LinfordsLunchbox says...

VeteranOfMany wrote:
How was this bungalow, the only property in that road to suffer flooding?
Did they sub let the caravan? got caught and made up this story?
What a ridiculous comment, ever heard of these things called "pipes"? They can burst or leak sometimes
[quote][p][bold]VeteranOfMany[/bold] wrote: How was this bungalow, the only property in that road to suffer flooding? Did they sub let the caravan? got caught and made up this story?[/p][/quote]What a ridiculous comment, ever heard of these things called "pipes"? They can burst or leak sometimes LinfordsLunchbox
  • Score: -3

4:39pm Fri 30 May 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

LinfordsLunchbox wrote:
VeteranOfMany wrote: How was this bungalow, the only property in that road to suffer flooding? Did they sub let the caravan? got caught and made up this story?
What a ridiculous comment, ever heard of these things called "pipes"? They can burst or leak sometimes
Read the story again boy
It clearly says the heavy rain. You muppet!
[quote][p][bold]LinfordsLunchbox[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VeteranOfMany[/bold] wrote: How was this bungalow, the only property in that road to suffer flooding? Did they sub let the caravan? got caught and made up this story?[/p][/quote]What a ridiculous comment, ever heard of these things called "pipes"? They can burst or leak sometimes[/p][/quote]Read the story again boy It clearly says the heavy rain. You muppet! Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: 7

4:53pm Fri 30 May 14

John Right says...

LinfordsLunchbox wrote:
VeteranOfMany wrote:
How was this bungalow, the only property in that road to suffer flooding?
Did they sub let the caravan? got caught and made up this story?
What a ridiculous comment, ever heard of these things called "pipes"? They can burst or leak sometimes
You utter tw@t
[quote][p][bold]LinfordsLunchbox[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VeteranOfMany[/bold] wrote: How was this bungalow, the only property in that road to suffer flooding? Did they sub let the caravan? got caught and made up this story?[/p][/quote]What a ridiculous comment, ever heard of these things called "pipes"? They can burst or leak sometimes[/p][/quote]You utter tw@t John Right
  • Score: -7

5:00pm Fri 30 May 14

John Right says...

sesibollox wrote:
If they hadn't informed the council, of their predicament why should the council not charge them twice, probably grassed by a neighbour, that they have people living in a caravan, on their land....
Seems like this is the likely scenario as they enjoyed the extra income, though I expect the neighbours, didnt like the slamming of car doors as the tennents left for their labouring jobs, never mind the obvious buckets of p#ss to be emptied down nearby drains, what a pong !
[quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: If they hadn't informed the council, of their predicament why should the council not charge them twice, probably grassed by a neighbour, that they have people living in a caravan, on their land....[/p][/quote]Seems like this is the likely scenario as they enjoyed the extra income, though I expect the neighbours, didnt like the slamming of car doors as the tennents left for their labouring jobs, never mind the obvious buckets of p#ss to be emptied down nearby drains, what a pong ! John Right
  • Score: -4

9:05pm Fri 30 May 14

beaulocks says...

I do not believe this story for a single minute.

You can clearly see by the picture they have been living in a caravan a lot longer than a month.

See
www.echo-news.co.uk/
dalefarmresidentspea
ksout
And let me know your opinion
I do not believe this story for a single minute. You can clearly see by the picture they have been living in a caravan a lot longer than a month. See www.echo-news.co.uk/ dalefarmresidentspea ksout And let me know your opinion beaulocks
  • Score: -1

12:29am Sat 31 May 14

ThisYear says...

beaulocks wrote:
I do not believe this story for a single minute.

You can clearly see by the picture they have been living in a caravan a lot longer than a month.

See
www.echo-news.co.uk/

dalefarmresidentspea

ksout
And let me know your opinion
Opinion: You are rather dense.
[quote][p][bold]beaulocks[/bold] wrote: I do not believe this story for a single minute. You can clearly see by the picture they have been living in a caravan a lot longer than a month. See www.echo-news.co.uk/ dalefarmresidentspea ksout And let me know your opinion[/p][/quote]Opinion: You are rather dense. ThisYear
  • Score: -1

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