Regulars will be bored of my tussle with Kennet Council. And my thanks to those who have helped and are going to help by inserting (a title="An Englishman's Castle: Welcome to Kennet - my arse!" href="http://www.anenglishmanscastle.com/archives/001044.html")Kennet Council(/a). (Replace round brackets with pointy ones) is immense - it really makes a difference to know people are behind you.
Anyway I refused to roll over and demanded my time in front of the Magistrates who were decent sensible people. They agreed with me that I had acted reasonably and had tried to pay my rates upto date and refused Kennet Council's application for costs for issuing a summons and the hearing. And I can pay the rest of month by month as I requested. So total victory! It shows it pays to not give in and gives me a renewed belief in Local Justice.
Now for a pint or two to celebrate.