Somerset

Councillor Carl Francis-Pester prosecuted for unpaid council tax

Carl Francis-Pester - North Somerset Council
Image caption Carl Francis-Pester is MP Liam Fox's election agent

A North Somerset councillor was taken to court by his own authority for not paying his council tax, it has emerged.

Conservative Carl Francis-Pester is also the chairman of Clevedon Town Council's finance committee.

In September the member, who can draw an £8,000 allowance from the district authority, owed it more than £900.

He was also taken to court by Wessex Water and ordered to pay £825. Mr Francis-Pester has not responded to the BBC's requests for comment.

Mr Francis-Pester is North Somerset MP Liam Fox's election agent, the representative for the Easton-in-Gordano ward and a former member of North Somerset Council's cabinet.

He owed £904.69 in unpaid council tax on 7 September last year, court papers show. The district council has not yet said if the money has been paid.

Magistrates granted the council a liability order, which gave it the power to withdraw the money directly from Mr Francis-Pester's salary or to send in bailiffs.

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