I'm not sure this fits into any existing thread so I'll post this here.
The behaviour of Douglas Borough Council towards businesses in recent weeks has been an utter disgrace. Probably 80 or 90% of Strand Street is currently closed due to the lockdown, trade is decimated, yet we have the likes of David Christian 'MBE' essentially threatening businesses that they must pay their rates as if nothing was happening.
Meanwhile many councils across the British Isles are making allowances and actually trying to help businesses to survive.
Is the Council keeping its staff on full salary while they are absent from work? Namely the Library, various public counters at the town hall, and the Eastern Civic Amenity site while I don't begrudge the staff their salary, thousands of private sector workers have been 'temporarily laid off' and not all even qualify for Government support.
I wonder why the Council is so hostile towards local businesses, or is it just that they're totally out of their depth in the current crisis?
All in all the Government should enact emergency legislation to take over the assets of local authorities until this has passed. The bin collections should be arranged centrally rather than from 22 separate offices.
Douglas Borough Council may not be able to afford to cut rates, but Douglas can't afford the cost and excesses of Douglas Borough Council.