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EDITOR – RE: New ‘stealth tax’ levies could hit region’s pubs (Leader – April 18) – so Michael Kheng thinks council tax-payers should pay to keep him in the style he has become accustomed?

Don’t get me wrong, I applaud the way he has invested in the area, but what he does is not down to largesse, but more to generate profit for his enterprises.

In the report by Sam Kinnaird, April 18, Mr Kheng is quoted as saying a late night and early morning levy will have a massive financial impact on local pubs and clubs.

So what is the fuss about? It is a maximum levy of £85 per week to help pay for police and emergency services required resulting from the actions of people who have been to clubs which have been open after normal licensing hours and into the early hours of the morning.

To say this would have such a detrimental effect is ridiculous; these clubs make more than that every hour.

If, however, he and his contemporaries still say they cannot afford it, an additional 1p on every drink would substancially oversubscribe the levy, but at least it would be paid by those who cause the problems in the first place.

JW SMITH

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