NEWBLISS FILLING STATION WARNS IT MAY CLOSE IF NEW RATES BILL IS ENFORCED

24 May 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

PETROL RETAILERS ASSOCIATION AGREES REVALUATION IS “NOT FAIR OR EQUITABLE” AS MEMBERS FACE MASSIVE HIKES

By MICHAEL McDONNELL michael@northern-standard.ie

A WELL-KNOWN forecourt and retail/convenience store proprietor in Newbliss has warned that her business will have to close down — with the loss of 13 jobs — unless there’s a significant reduction in the new annual rates bill that Monaghan Co Council is demanding from it.

Under a new valuation system of rates for businesses — known as ‘Reval 2019’ —which is to come into force for bills payable from 2020 onwards, Martin’s Applegreen and Londis store in Newbliss will see its annual charge increase from €8,644.50 to €31,320. This represents a massive hike that comes to over 262%.

Fabiola Martin, who runs the busy forecourt and general store/delicatessen outlet at the top of the main street in Newbliss has made it clear that the business will have to consider closing down if this new rates demand (which is being appealed at present) is allowed to stand. Significantly, Ms Martin points out that other similar retail fuel and shop/deli-type premises are also facing similar sharp increases, including McNally’s at Drumbear, Monaghan and Argue’s on the Shercock- Bailieboro road junction outside Cootehill. Her stance on this issue is also being backed by the Irish Petrol Retailers Association (IPRA), which has forwarded to this newspaper a strongly-worded letter issued to…

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