AS A soon-to-be second home owner I face hundreds of pounds of extra council tax and am wondering: what on earth is it I have done wrong? Like thousands of fellow Scots I am planning to retire out of the central belt. I bought what was a waterlogged and uninhabitable Inverogle Cottage by Lochearnhead. No-one else rushed to buy it and I know why. It has taken more than two years of planning procedures, environmental audits, building warrants and drainage work to get the basic site in order.Of course, what Bill has done wrong is to be a self-reliant citizen. He has failed to put his future in the hands of his local councillor. How politically incorrect.
Bill Jamieson should count himself lucky that he has £100,000 in discretionary income. And if he wants a say in what Perth & Kinross Council do with his full whack of council tax, he should make a commitment to his supposed retirement community and move to Lochearnhead, rather than being just another absentee landlord, of which rural Scotland has always had a surfeit.I rather expect that Mr Jamieson hasn't got "£100,000 in discretionary income". He's more likely to have incurred a sizable mortgage - just like most of Mr Berry's own electorate. And where on earth does Mr Jamieson describe himself as an "absentee landlord"? His article says that he has renovated his cottage with a view to retiring there.
For anyone still wondering why Scotland's economic growth is so dire, consider the words and tone of Councillor Berry's letter.