Specialists to handle appeals

ANGUS Council has appointed specialist consultants to handle appeals against a big hike in its rates bills.

Following the 2010 rating revaluation, the local authority has seen an increase in rateable value of over a third across its operational property portfolio.

Schools, libraries, leisure centres, offices and service depots are among the 374 properties which have now have a total rateable value of approximately £11.7 million – up around 34.5 per cent.

The council has now appointed commercial property specialists Ryden to act as rating revaluation consultants.

The fee for the work will be based on the degree of success in negotiating a reduction in the rateable value.

Councillor Mark Salmond said: “Angus Council has been hit with some huge increases in rateable value and in the current financial climate, it is more important than ever that the council examines every avenue to secure value for money.”