Householders hit out at ‘unfair council-tax’

TAXING PROBLEM -- for Papplewick Green couple Thomas and Teresa Doherty, pictured outside their Falcon Way home -- DISPIC NHUD11-2394-1.

TAXING PROBLEM -- for Papplewick Green couple Thomas and Teresa Doherty, pictured outside their Falcon Way home -- DISPIC NHUD11-2394-1.

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A DISGRUNTLED group of residents in Hucknall say they are being left hundreds of pounds out of pocket — because of confusion over the council-tax bands at their homes.

Several households on the new Papplewick Green development, off Papplewick Lane, say they are being unfairly treated.

Council-tax bands run from A to H and determine how much is paid each year for local services. Most houses in Hucknall are in bands A and B, which is the cheaper end of the scale.

But at Papplewick Green, residents say there are some gaping problems with the grading system.

Thomas Doherty (54), of Falcon Way, paid £220,000 for his four-bedroomed property and lives next to a five-bedroomed house that sold for £278,000. Yet both are in band E at an annual cost of £1,943 a year.

The bands are set by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) and there is an appeal process for a re-grading.

But Mr Doherty has lost his appeal, as have several other residents. Other applications are pending.

“It’s a joke,” said Mr Doherty, who lives with wife Teresa (46). “I thought a mistake had been made when we moved in.”

In the same position are Kate and Jon Coates, of Kenbrook Road.

Their appeal against their council-tax banding is due at the beginning of October.

Kate (31), who is a nurse, said: “What is annoying is that the rules seem to constantly change. One minute, the band is decided on property value, then its size and then it is the tone of the area.”