Estate traders ‘up in arms’
PUBLISHED: 08:00 23 February 2015
TRADERS on a Clevedon industrial estate are ‘up in arms’ at the ‘state of disrepair’ the site has been left in by North Somerset Council.
The council’s 35-year lease of Tweed Road Industrial Estate expired last month and the site’s landlord, Rotalok Holdings, made a claim for dilapidations worth £249,545 regarding a host of outstanding repairs and reinstatements that were required to be carried out by the council under the lease terms.
The authority then challenged the claim by recruiting SJ Surveyors to negotiate a settlement with Rotalok Holdings, which has angered traders who feel the council has not lived up to its end of the deal.
A spokesman for the Tweed Road traders, said: “Ten per cent of our rent was being paid to North Somerset Council for the maintenance and upkeep of the estate.
“No one has an issue with that, but, in the two years I have been here I have witnessed the grass being cut once.
“To basically nick the money off of us, not distribute any of the money back into the estate and then just hand the keys back to Rotalok is a joke.
“Now Rotalok is trying to sign us up to a lease when the buildings are in a state of disrepair.
“We ended up boycotting the maintenance charge.
“We said that we are not going to pay it until we see something being done.
“Being charged maintenance rates for something that isn’t being done is simply not fair.
“We also pay extortionate business rates to the council, which has used money from the public pot to pay this company at a time when it is having to make cuts elsewhere.”
A spokesman for North Somerset Council said: “When we held the headlease on the Tweed Road Industrial Estate we carried out general estate management as and when required while keeping costs for the occupiers to a manageable level.
“We no longer hold the headlease so estate management is not our responsibility.”
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