High Streets Initiative · 24 January 2018

Bath shopkeeper calls for support after 300 fine for putting rubbish out too early

Newsagent Pankaj Raichura was fined in Bath city centre
A Bath shopkeeper has urged his local council to be more supportive of small businesses after being handed a 300 fine.

Pankaj Raichura, owner of Best One newsagent in Bath’s Broad Street, in the city centre, said that he was issued with the fine after a Bath and North East Somerset (BANES) council officer found cardboard boxes outside his shopfront before 5am.

The officer asked Raichura to produce invoices of his business’s commercial waster system within ten working days. However, according to the Bath shopkeeper, the invoices did not arrive at the council’s office in time, despite having been posted with two first class stamps.

As a result, the council gave Raichura a fixed penalty notice for 300. After he rang the council to appeal the fine, the business owner claimed that the local authority sent an enforcement officer to his shop the very next day.

Commenting on the encounter, Raichura told the Bath Chronicle: I discussed our waste contracts with him, to which he informed me he had seen our cardboard waste outside on more than ten occasions at 5am, outside of the council’s allocated times.

I realised there had been a miscommunication in our company, and the new cardboard waste has been left outside overnight since August. Previously, it was collected from our other address which has now stopped trading.

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The Bath shopkeeper went on to say that his issue was that the 300 fine was handed out not because of the rubbish outside his business, but because the relevant paperwork didnt arrive with the council in time something Raichura said was not his fault.

He added: Out of principle, I don’t want to pay. Our business is a turnoverbusiness, where we have to sell quantities of our stock to make money. Do you know how many Mars bars I have to sell to make the 300?”



Fred Heritage was previously deputy editor at Business Advice. He has a BA in politics and international relations from the University of Kent and an MA in international conflict from Kings College London.