Ho­tel own­ers evicted af­ter land­lord dis­pute

Campaspe News - - NEWS - By VIVIENNE DUCK

THE on­go­ing strug­gles of Rochester’s Cri­te­rion Ho­tel came to a head on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 11, when pub­li­cans Adam and Jody Parker were evicted.

‘‘It all stemmed from the un­achiev­able op­er­a­tional costs,’’ Mr Parker told the Cam­paspe News.

‘‘It was un­achiev­able with the cur­rent rent to keep it go­ing,’’ he said. ‘‘It was a long time com­ing.’’ Mr Parker posted on the Cri­te­rion’s Face­book page let­ting pa­trons know an on­go­ing dis­pute with the land­lords couldn’t be re­solved and they had been told to leave.

“It sad­dens me to in­form you all that our time in the Cri­te­rion Ho­tel has come to an end.”

“We were evicted Sun­day morn­ing at 6.45am.”

The strug­gles be­gan in 2011 when the pub was se­verely dam­aged in flood wa­ters.

“It’s no se­cret the ho­tel suf­fered greatly from the flood and ul­ti­mately the task to res­ur­rect it since was just too great,” he said.

“The out­go­ings at the ho­tel were sim­ply just un­achiev­able in to­day’s eco­nomic cli­mate and very hard to man­age.”

Mr Parker said the clo­sure of the pop­u­lar wa­ter­ing hole was a sad time for Rochester.

“It has been a sta­ple part of Rochester for such a long time and I’m not sure if it will ever open again,’’ he said.

‘‘There may be one or two too many ho­tels in Rochy which makes it hard for them all to com­pete.’’

It is go­ing to be a hard time for the Park­ers over the fes­tive sea­son.

‘‘We don’t re­ally know what we are go­ing to do now,’’ Mr Parker said.

‘‘We just have to get through all of this and move on, it’s just un­for­tu­nate the way it hap­pened as we have been deal­ing with these peo­ple for the good part of 10 years.’’

Start­ing their jour­ney in 2007, the Park­ers are leav­ing with fond mem­o­ries and a piece of Cri­te­rion his­tory.

Rochester’s Cri­te­rion Ho­tel shut its doors on De­cem­ber 11.

An evic­tion no­tice at the front of the ho­tel.

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