Total Fitness victim gets rates bill shock

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BAILIFFS threatened to close down the business of a 75-year-old Lancaster physiotherapist who was forced to leave the Total Fitness gym complex when it closed last month.

Isobel Hamid, who now runs Healing Hands from premises in Skerton, was hit with a bill for more than £2,600 when they turned up on her doorstep on Tuesday.

They were sent by Lancaster City Council to claim back money for non-payment of business rates for Isobel’s former unit at the Total Fitness site in Caton Road.

But Ms Hamid claims she signed an all-inclusive licence to occupy the unit, which included payment of business rates by Total Fitness.

“I was repeatedly told by Total Fitness that I was on a licence to occupy and it was all-inclusive,” she said.

“They said they were paying the rates.

“I was threatened with the removal of all my business assets by the bailiffs and was told I would be closed down if I didn’t hand over £2,611.80 to the bailiffs. I had no choice.”

See the Lancaster Guardian (28-04-11) for full story.