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I refuse to pay my £5k electricity bill
4:00pm Wednesday 30th October 2013 in News
A PUB landlord has racked up a £5,000 electricity bill in a dispute with his supplier.
David English, owner of the Railway Tavern, Brightlingsea, has refused to pay since October 2011.
It is part of an on-going dispute with British Gas dating back to April 2008 when he attempted to change suppliers.
The company took Mr English, 49, to court last year but he said the hearing did not resolve the issue either way.
He said he has not heard from British Gas since - other than his monthly statements - but thinks it is only a matter of time before he is disconnected.
He owes 5,085.
Mr English, who lives above the Station Road pub, said: “I have been trading for 20 years and dealt with tens of thousands of invoices and have always resolved any disputes.
“This matter beggars belief.
“Until they take me to court there is not a lot I can do except accept their free electricity."
After the initial dispute five years ago, Mr English kept paying his bills until he received what he thought was a credit note for almost £800.
But he was shocked to find seven months later the credit had been cancelled and he was given a large bill.
He went on: "They keep sending me extortionate bills.
“I accept I am going to have to pay something but I just want it over with.
“I think I’m quite good at handling people when I think they are wrong but this has drained me.
“There have been times when I have thought about selling up or just being cut off and running off a generator and candles.
“The customers have been really supportive, they are a great bunch, and if I did get cut off they would rally around.”
A spokesman for British Gas said it offered Mr English a payment plan, but he has not agreed to it.
He added Mr English's debt will ultimately be borne by other customers, so it has to begin the process of disconnecting his supply.
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