Town council settles £14k electricity bill

PUBLISHED: 18:00 27 April 2015

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WESTON Town Council has avoided going to court and saved more than £18,000 on an electricity bill after weeks of negotiation.

In February, electricity supplier EDF wrote to the council via a lawyer, demanding £32,400 for electricity used at the former youth club Barcode between 2005 and 2012 or court action could follow.

The council entered into a 10-year lease of the ground floor of the Barcode premises as a youth café in 2005. The lease and other costs came to £200,000, so the council decided to share the expense by partnering with the YMCA, and the council transferred site management to the charity in 2013.

The authority arranged early termination of its lease of the building in 2014 to save cash – but a separate electricity supply was never set up.

According to the town council, it has ‘always been willing’ to pay its share of the bill, but due to confusion over billing arrangements, it did not know what it owed.

It said: “In principle the council has always been willing to pay for electricity supplied, and expressed its willingness to do so on several occasions.”

After seeking legal advice the council discovered EDF had made errors in the claim. The council’s offer of £14,200 has now been accepted.

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