Mas­sive rent rise puts clas­sics in jeop­ardy

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News -

Sixty clas­sic ve­hi­cles are in jeop­ardy af­ter a sud­den and mas­sive rent rise by the new owner of the site they’re kept on.

En­thu­si­asts have been keep­ing and restor­ing ve­hi­cles from MGBs to Routemas­ter buses on the for­mer Denyer Bros premises at Ston­don Massey, Es­sex, for the past 15 years. Own­ers had been pay­ing £1 a day stor­age but now say that the fig­ure has been raised to £30 per week with­out warning fol­low­ing the death of site owner Den Denyer and sale of the site by his fam­ily.

Liam Doyle had been keep­ing his col­lec­tion of clas­sics on the site. ‘This rent rise hap­pened with­out warning. We had been told that there would be no prob­lems stay­ing on the site with the change of own­er­ship but the new owner has said that the site is a busi­ness and that’s what peo­ple will have to pay. I think peo­ple are feel­ing be­trayed.’

Luck­ily, Liam has found new homes for his ve­hi­cles, but some own­ers have had to sell their clas­sics, and in a few cases have given them to the new owner rather than pay the in­creased rent. Michael Grant has al­ready sold two of his three buses. ‘This is a hobby and most of us are not rich. We have no op­tion but to part with ve­hi­cles,’ he says. ‘Den Denyer loved hav­ing the ve­hi­cles on this site and talk­ing to the own­ers. It was his life, which makes what has hap­pened even more sad.’

Anyone who might be able to help is asked to con­tact Michael Grant on 01708 509058.

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