It really does seem to be a case of every time I turn a corner and hit the home straight something changes! It’s almost like the rest of those involved are watching my blind innocence and stepping in when my enthusiasm looks dangerous. . .
For the local option I now have people meeting behind closed doors that all seem quite sure that they are ‘dead certs’ which apparently surprises me and the estate agents who believe the venue is currently on hold.
The Boniface is all systems go, or was until. . . . .the nice owner of what will be the car park (and was the car park ) has decided that it’s worth more to the owner of the pub and therefore increased the sale price! Now I am used to people trying it on with the licensed trade under the mistaken belief that it’s a cash rich business rather than a cash based business but this man has run this pub, works in it now and knows the current landlady very well!
So he must know that there is not the ‘small but healthy’ profit in the books for the year just gone, rather as discovered by my valuation there is a £32K loss!! Coupled with this is the fact that the person who gazumped me not only left a non refundable security deposit but she pulled out because the plans are flawed (now how does that happen?) and so the plot does not actually have viable plans and therefore he can’t sell as building land. So rather than a situation of “if you have the pub you need the land” I see a situation of “if you don’t have the pub you wouldn’t want the land”
But it would seem that my opinion is unique with both the landowner and now the council leaping on the ‘rip him off’ band wagon! I am not able to put a simple wooden shed/workshop on the land because the permitted development rights were removed as part of the approval of the flawed plans so I need to build a garage which is best achieved by reversion rather than change of use (the land having previously been parking to the pub) which all makes sense except that the planning authority require all of the pub steps to be changed, railings and lighting added because its a public area!
Luckily they have not yet demanded a stair lift or worse for the disabled access but give them time.
For those of you that follow the Simpsons and have seen the episode where Hollywood comes to springfield and everyone rips them off, that is kinda summing up how I feel at the moment! It’s like a load of people hear the word pub and double their fees and expectations.
Just to prove that doesn’t only happen to the licensed trade I got a letter from my solicitor yesterday telling me that yet another partner has left the practice (that’s 4 to date) so somebody else needs to take over my divorce, she has read the case and can imagine that I am frustrated! I don’t know I don’t know if this is because she is the 5th lawyer, because my marriage lasted 6 years and I am now approaching my 15 year anniversary or perhaps it’s just because I mast I’ll buying the house that I had to give to her!! It’s interesting to note how long it’s taken and the fact t hat every lawyer on my side has been female, is that another conspiracy theory that I can smell…. But apparently divorce spells rip off opportunity the same as pub because this letter includes financial demands that would make a drug dealer blush.