Southsea’s South Parade Pier visited by bailiffs demanding money

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BAILIFFS were sent to South Parade Pier, Southsea, to collect £3,259 of unpaid business rates.

The money owed was from the last financial year and was paid in full yesterday to the bailiffs when they visited the premises.

Pier owner Fred Nash said: ‘I personally do not run the pier so I was unaware that the rates had not been paid, but as soon as I found out there was money owed I paid it immediately.

‘I found out at midday yesterday when the bailiff called me and by 3pm I had paid it.’

City solicitor Michael Lawther said: ‘Portsmouth City Council instructed bailiffs to recover £3,259 in business rates owed by SPP South Coast Ltd – the remainder of their 2011-12 bill, which amounted to about £22,000.

‘The company had received a bill, a reminder, and a court summons but had not paid what it owed. The bailiffs went to the pier yesterday and received payment in full without having to seize any property.’