In an effort to reduce a £35million budget shortfall, Peterborough City officials covertly launched, what they call a discreet consultation over the introduction of a 'heated shed tax' to be on a par with business rates.
This tax is to be retrospectively applied to sheds in gardens, with a footprint of over 2 square metres, where a heat source has been identified. The tax is expected to raise over £3million due to the rise in take away deliveries ordered by iPhone apps. The technology is so precise it will even detect heat emissions from domestic cats.
The new tax to be applied to households on the electoral roll, follows an initial mid evening trial during the Winter months as Officials have been using a 'heat source' detecting drone, initially guided by google maps touring the 'well heeled' villages around Peterborough.
Where garden sheds are detected emitting a heat source, a visit to the property will be triggered to see if it is being used for commercial purposes. For example one such shed was found to be used as a pizza delivery kitchen, only detected when a series of motorbike pizza delivery drivers were ticketed for parking on the pavement. Another was being used to make jam products. Spokesperson Corrie Conn, confirmed the consultation ends at midday today as anyone taking advantage of this would just be foolish well for one day only... April 1st 2017..... :)
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