Massive rent rise puts classics in jeopardy
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.