Living as I do in a leafy village where every field has a horse in it I am particularly concerned by this news. Succesive Governments have demonstrated little understanding of the countryside and its ways. It would be sad if our wonderfully succesful Wine industry was adverseley affaected by these proposals - I am partial to the odd glass of wine too - and I love walking in the countryside. This area is very well supplied by properties which are all on the Government's hit list! Or am I just being paranoid?
Punitive business rates threaten rural way of life Countryside will be hardest hit by ‘unfair’ property tax, critics warn Lucy Bannerman January 23 2017, 12:01am, The Times Vineyards are among the rural enterprises facing some of the steepest business rate rises in England Rural enterprises will be among the biggest losers in the most radical reform of business rates for a generation. Riding schools, livery yards, stud farms, vineyards and livestock markets are facing some of the steepest business rate rises in England, according to league tables seen by The Times. Kennels and catteries, polo grounds, racecourses and racing stables will also be among the worst hit, when the new rates come into effect in April. The biggest winners include photo booths, bingo halls, cement and steel works and oil refineries, which will all receive a reduction in their bills.