STRANRAER VOTES ‘NO’ TO BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT PROPOSAL

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInThe businesses in Stranraer have chosen not to back the BID proposals set out in the Stranraer BID Business Plan.The Ballot held on Friday 28th August saw 161 qualifying ballot papers returned. For a ‘yes’ outcome to the ballot, it required over 50% of the voters to vote in favour and over 50% of the yes votes rateable values to be in favour of the BID also. Although the results showed rateable values as positive, over £1.1 million voted in favour and £500,000 votes against.The overall result showed 83 businesses voting against the BID Proposals, and 78 for.Chair of the Economy, Environment and Infrastructure committee, Cllr Colin Smyth, said “As far as the Council is concerned, the outcome of the vote does not change our commitment to regenerating and investing in Stranraer. Building the local economy is the number one priority of this council. The regeneration of our towns is an important part of this. The council is committed to working with the people and businesses of Stranraer to help make the town attractive, enterprising and the thriving centre that we know it can be.”last_img read more

Newcastle and West Ham’s grounds raided by HMRC as part of tax fraud probe

first_imgThe offices of Newcastle and West Ham have been raided by tax officials as part of an Anglo-French investigation into a suspected £5million fraud related to player transfers. The coordinated raids, which included premises in France, took place on Wednesday morning and several men have been arrested, including Newcastle’s managing director Lee Charnley.A spokesperson for HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) said: “HMRC has arrested several men working within the professional football industry for a suspected £5million income tax and National Insurance fraud.“180 HMRC officers have been deployed across the UK and France today. Investigators have searched a number of premises in the north east and south east of England and arrested the men and also seized business records, financial records, computers and mobile phones.“The French authorities are assisting the UK investigation, have made arrests and several locations have been searched in France.“This criminal investigation sends a clear message that, whoever you are, if you commit tax fraud you can expect to face the consequences.”A West Ham spokesperson confirmed the club’s offices at the London Stadium were raided by HMRC officers and said the Premier League side was “cooperating fully” with the investigation.The Hammers are currently 14th in the Premier League table, seven points above the relegation zone, after an eventful first season at the former Olympic stadium.here has been no official confirmation from Newcastle yet, although it is understood that St James’ Park was raided and Charnley has been arrested. The 39-year-old Charnley became Newcastle’s managing director three years ago, having quietly risen through the ranks at a club that has experienced considerable upheaval over the years.Like his boss, club owner Mike Ashley, Charnley rarely, if ever, speaks to the media, but has been credited for keeping manager Rafael Benitez at the club despite last season’s relegation from the Premier League.The news of the dramatic raids comes barely 36 hours after Newcastle’s return to the Premier League was confirmed with a 4-1 win over Preston on Monday.HMRC officials also visited Chelsea on Wednesday, requesting information. No items were seized.There is no allegation of wrongdoing by anyone associated with the Premier League leaders.A Chelsea spokesman said: “In connection with its wider investigation, HMRC has requested certain information which the club will provide.” 1 Newcastle United’s St James’ Park ground last_img read more