‘Cut in water and sewerage charges is good for business’

Glengormley councillor and Ulster Unionist Party business spokesperson, Mark Cosgrove has welcomed news that farmers, small businesses and industry will pay less for water and sewerage services for the second successive year after NI Water announced another drop in charges for non-domestic customers.

The reduction, which came into effect from April 1, is the second such cut in charges in as many years. Last year NI Water dropped prices by 2.5 per cent.

Welcoming the move, Councillor Cosgrove said: “This news will give a big boost to those non-domestic Northern Ireland Water customers who will be paying less for their water and sewerage services for the second year in a row. This latest decrease means that people such as farmers and small business owners will be benefiting from a not-insignificant drop of 11.7 per cent in real terms in their bill, compared to what they were paying two years ago.”

Cllr Cosgrove, who runs a logistics firm based in Mallusk, added: “During what is a difficult time for many businesses financially, it is fantastic to see good news coming their way. I’m sure this news will be welcomed by all those who will benefit.

“This decrease, of an average of four per cent, has been made possible due to Northern Ireland Water making improvements in efficiency.

“I would also congratulate my party’s Minister, Danny Kennedy MLA. Since he took over the reins at the Department of Regional Development we are increasingly seeing savings being put back into rewards for the public. This announcement, along with a zero increase on 2014 fares for Translink customers and a five year freeze on car parking charges, are just some of the initiatives designed to give some relief to the public at a time when many are finding themselves stretched financially.”

Anyone with questions or concerns about NI Water’s Scheme of Charges should phone the Billing Enquiries Team on 08458 770030.