The manager of a Hampshire auction house which collapsed owing money and goods to hundreds of consignors has failed to secure new saleroom premises less than ten miles away.
Prospect Auction Rooms in New Alresford shut
down suddenly last November, but Charles Evans then won approval
from planners for a change of use so premises called The Furniture
Warehouse in Winnall, Winchester, could become 'auction saleroom
However, the owner of the warehouse has
decided against signing a lease with Mr Evans. Jeremy Braybrooke
from letting agents Osmond Brookes told ATG: "The property is
vacant, Mr Evans is not involved in any way; we are showing other
parties around and we have several offers."
Mr Evans has previously said he was merely
the manager of Prospect, but on his planning application to
Winchester City Council he suggested he started the company.
"The reason for leasing the building is due
to expansion," he stated in that application. "I started an auction
house in Prospect Road in Alresford three years ago and I have
outgrown the premises, so therefore I would no longer be using
Prospect Road if I am successful in my application."
ATG sent Mr Evans a list of questions - such
as whether Prospect Auction Rooms still exists, exactly what role
he had there and what the name of the new saleroom would be - but
he never replied.
ATG contacted him last week to ask if he
would now be looking for new premises and whether he still planned
to open a saleroom, but he had not replied by the time we went to
Hampshire County Council Trading Standards confirmed to us
earlier this year that "we have received a number of complaints
regarding Prospect Auction Rooms and this is being actively