Seddons Farm estate to lose Post Office in row over rent

The shops at Mile Lane on the Seddons Farm estate

The shops at Mile Lane on the Seddons Farm estate

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A COMMUNITY is set to lose its Post Office in a row over rent between a landlord and a newsagent.

Mile Lane News in Bury, which also houses a Post Office, is set to move on Christmas Day when its lease expires, because the owner says the rent has continued to rise, and he can no longer afford to stay there.

Steven Blakelock, who owns the newsagent on the Seddons Farm estate, will move to a shop in Colville Drive about half-a-mile away.

But because he has been told by the Post Office the new site is not suitable, Mr Blakelock will only move his newsagents.

However, joint-landlords Stephen Latimer, of Latimer Lee solicitors, and Dr Kumar Kotegaonkar, say the ball was in Mr Blakelock’s court, and that he has been “messing about” for the past few years during discussions.

Mr Blakelock said: “They are doing a dirty trick to get us out.

“Because we have been fighting them, they have been very difficult and awkward to work with. We have been fighting the lease for about 10 years now.”

Mr Latimer said: “We have no desire to see the Post Office closed. That is entirely in the hands of the tenant. If he wants to talk about a new lease then we are willing to listen.

“We want to see the parade enhanced and improve the facilities there, but we can’t do this without the co-operation of existing tenants.”

The newsagent has been in the Blakelock family for 39 years, as Steven inherited the business from his uncle David, who took it on from his father.

One post office customer, who declined to be named, said the shops were vital for residents.

She said: “Without doubt, this row of shops is the hub of Seddons Farm.

“It really is. All parents use it when their children are at school as well as the elderly from the estate.

“The nearest Post Office is in Ainsworth Road which is more than a mile away and which will be very inconvenient for those who don’t have cars.”

Cllr Sue Nuttall said that it was proving a contentious issue with residents, as seen when a recent local councillor surgery was one of the best attended for many months.

She said: “I understand people are concerned because they are seeing their local shopping area being decimated at the moment.

“But I think a lot of people have got themselves into a bit of a tizz about it, although we really don’t know what will happen ultimately.”

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5:21pm Fri 15 Aug 14

6ef6a424@opayq.com says...

OK now tell us what is the real story is about this? Is there property development involved? If so then who and why? We have had too many shop closures on this site, there must be other factors involved.
OK now tell us what is the real story is about this? Is there property development involved? If so then who and why? We have had too many shop closures on this site, there must be other factors involved. 6ef6a424@opayq.com
  • Score: 10

10:24pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Babbar Divino says...

6ef6a424@opayq.com wrote:
OK now tell us what is the real story is about this? Is there property development involved? If so then who and why? We have had too many shop closures on this site, there must be other factors involved.
Property development may be involved but I tend to think the shop closures are just a result of the changing way of the world. Take the newsagents as an example
People used to go to their newsagents to buy a paper - now it's online (what are we doing here?}
While they were there they'd buy a packet of fags and some toffees for the kids - people don't smoke as much nowadays.
Folk might go into the newsagents to post a letter at the Post Office - Letter, what's a letter?
Folk might go into the newsagents to pay a bill at the Post Office - Online

From the landlords perspective:
The cost of maintaining the property goes up therefore the cost of rent goes up. The landlord isn't the good fairy

From the newsagents perspective:
The sales go down, as above, the rent goes up, as above

No not property development, it's just the quick changing world roundabout that you have to jump on and hold on for dear life or fall off and get left behind
[quote][p][bold]6ef6a424@opayq.com[/bold] wrote: OK now tell us what is the real story is about this? Is there property development involved? If so then who and why? We have had too many shop closures on this site, there must be other factors involved.[/p][/quote]Property development may be involved but I tend to think the shop closures are just a result of the changing way of the world. Take the newsagents as an example People used to go to their newsagents to buy a paper - now it's online (what are we doing here?} While they were there they'd buy a packet of fags and some toffees for the kids - people don't smoke as much nowadays. Folk might go into the newsagents to post a letter at the Post Office - Letter, what's a letter? Folk might go into the newsagents to pay a bill at the Post Office - Online From the landlords perspective: The cost of maintaining the property goes up therefore the cost of rent goes up. The landlord isn't the good fairy From the newsagents perspective: The sales go down, as above, the rent goes up, as above No not property development, it's just the quick changing world roundabout that you have to jump on and hold on for dear life or fall off and get left behind Babbar Divino
  • Score: -7

6:15pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Vicwalmsley says...

The butchers has also been forced to close, the comments made by the lettings agents in this story are quite telling it would be interesting to see what the improvements are they wish to make, the cost and how this is proportionate to the rent increase. We live off Stephen St but use the Seddons shops all the time, how many more will close putting people out of work?
The butchers has also been forced to close, the comments made by the lettings agents in this story are quite telling it would be interesting to see what the improvements are they wish to make, the cost and how this is proportionate to the rent increase. We live off Stephen St but use the Seddons shops all the time, how many more will close putting people out of work? Vicwalmsley
  • Score: 3

11:08pm Sat 16 Aug 14

falcon4 says...

Let's just remember the land adjacent to the Co- op is being left unattended to, the cut through to the health center has gone. The Butcher's shop is vacant and now the Newsagents is relocating.....
If the remaining shops cannot afford the higher rent will it mean demolishing the whole center with a possibility of a New Build?....
Maybe more housing??????
Only time will tell......
Let's just remember the land adjacent to the Co- op is being left unattended to, the cut through to the health center has gone. The Butcher's shop is vacant and now the Newsagents is relocating..... If the remaining shops cannot afford the higher rent will it mean demolishing the whole center with a possibility of a New Build?.... Maybe more housing?????? Only time will tell...... falcon4
  • Score: 5

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