Altrincham tyre firm tells planning bosses we don't want to move

Altrincham tyre firm tells planning bosses we don't want to move

ATS in Oakfield Street, Altrincham (9406129)

ATS workshop Altrincham (9406221) Oakfield Street

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AN Altrincham tyre chain has accused council bosses of turning their backs on the best interests of established businesses and workers in their £70 million flagship plans for the redevelopment of the town centre.

ATS Euromaster has launched the criticism after claiming it had been 'unfairly excluded' from the multi-million pound Altair redevelopment discussions involving both Trafford Council and the developer Nikal. The firm's Oakfield Street site is currently under a compulsory purchase order.

The new redevelopment which includes retail, leisure, office and residential, has been a decade in the making.

ATS Euromaster estates manager Rhys Jenkins said: "We have fought long and hard to stay where we are, or to be incorporated into the new plans. For some reason, unknown to us, we are being ignored. The council wish to see a mix of uses on the site but for some reason refuse to see us as part of that mix."

The firm has already rejected three 'out of town' sites at Canal Road, Timperley, Atlantic Street, Broadheath and Booth Road, Sale, because it deems them as 'extremely unsuitable' locations on industrial estates and without retail frontages.

Mr Jenkins added: "Trafford Council has informed ATS Euromaster that it is under no obligation to assist local businesses which are under a CPO.

"Surely, it's madness that the needs of local motorists and businesses, plus the full time employment of five skilled technicians are being overlooked in a project billed as something that will regenerate the area."

"The lack of a concrete timeline from the council and the developer had left us uncertain about the future of the centre for many years. Now we are set to lose our current premises, we are urging the council to see sense and include us in the new plans."

Trafford Council said the Altair scheme was an important regeneration project for Altrincham and one which when complete would be key to the town's future prosperity.

A Trafford Council spokeswoman said the developer had to go through the independent planning process which considers all aspects of the submitted development plans, before approval is given.

She explained: "The formal CPO process has now been completed and the council said while it had identified possible alternative suitable locations for ATS Euromaster, these had been rejected by the company."

She added: "The council is currently in the process of agreeing compensation with the company."

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10:05am Wed 20 Aug 14

papa03 says...

I think most residents of Altrincham would have some sympathy for ATS Euromaster IF they had always maintained their building/premises. As it is, it's just an eyesore that should be demolished whether Altair goes through or not. When you consider some other, older, better looking buildings have been removed already I hardly think ATS have any moral high ground here! There were chances for ATS to move, but they just ignored the progress being made. I hope they do find suitable premises for the workers sakes, rather than the management.
I think most residents of Altrincham would have some sympathy for ATS Euromaster IF they had always maintained their building/premises. As it is, it's just an eyesore that should be demolished whether Altair goes through or not. When you consider some other, older, better looking buildings have been removed already I hardly think ATS have any moral high ground here! There were chances for ATS to move, but they just ignored the progress being made. I hope they do find suitable premises for the workers sakes, rather than the management. papa03
  • Score: 8

12:03pm Wed 20 Aug 14

SarahWalmsley says...

Speaking as someone who has lived opposite this ever-declining eyesore since 1997, I can tell you that this article is a purely cynical attempt by ATS management to screw the largest possible compensation payment out of Trafford Council. This company has not always objected to the plans for Altair and in refusing perfectly reasonable alternative trading sites, they know very well that they stand to receive more money to close than they would if they simply moved the business elsewhere. I wouldn't be at all surprised if they insisted on closure to get the highest amount possible, then after a few months, started up again elsewhere.
I know the men who work at ATS and I respect them. They all deserve to be kept in employment but their employers have treated them appallingly, keeping them in the dark and uncertain of their futures for many years.
The site is not just an eyesore. It is dangerous and encourages anti-social behaviour. Trafford's former leader Matt Colledge promised to demolish it as soon as they became the owners through CPO. They haven't done so. One more broken promise as far as I'm concerned.
Don't listen to the sob stories from ATS management. They haven't given a crap about this site for decades and are just playing at milking the public purse. Despicable!
Speaking as someone who has lived opposite this ever-declining eyesore since 1997, I can tell you that this article is a purely cynical attempt by ATS management to screw the largest possible compensation payment out of Trafford Council. This company has not always objected to the plans for Altair and in refusing perfectly reasonable alternative trading sites, they know very well that they stand to receive more money to close than they would if they simply moved the business elsewhere. I wouldn't be at all surprised if they insisted on closure to get the highest amount possible, then after a few months, started up again elsewhere. I know the men who work at ATS and I respect them. They all deserve to be kept in employment but their employers have treated them appallingly, keeping them in the dark and uncertain of their futures for many years. The site is not just an eyesore. It is dangerous and encourages anti-social behaviour. Trafford's former leader Matt Colledge promised to demolish it as soon as they became the owners through CPO. They haven't done so. One more broken promise as far as I'm concerned. Don't listen to the sob stories from ATS management. They haven't given a crap about this site for decades and are just playing at milking the public purse. Despicable! SarahWalmsley
  • Score: 6

12:52pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Alty Plus says...

Theres a national tyre and a kwikfit within a stones throw of the ATS site, not to mention Halford a mile away - plenty of opportunities for our tyre needs. Never used ATS as the place is a dive, to be honest I thought it was already empty & derelict. MOve out and stop standing in the way of progress, all-be-it that progress is likely to result in more vacant premisis but at least they will be new and shiny.
Theres a national tyre and a kwikfit within a stones throw of the ATS site, not to mention Halford a mile away - plenty of opportunities for our tyre needs. Never used ATS as the place is a dive, to be honest I thought it was already empty & derelict. MOve out and stop standing in the way of progress, all-be-it that progress is likely to result in more vacant premisis but at least they will be new and shiny. Alty Plus
  • Score: -3

2:14pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Blank Frank says...

I would like to echo the views of earlier posts. This site has been an eyesore for a couple of decades that I know of. It looks semi- derelict with rubbish strewn around the yard and boards up at the broken windows. I hope the existing workforce are taken care of, but the town is well catered for tyre replacement already. The Altair development and others elsewhere in the town centre are desperately needed to halt the post Trafford Centre decline. Sorry but I don't think there is any public support for the Company. I would like to see this building pulled down as quickly as the Bridge pub was.
I would like to echo the views of earlier posts. This site has been an eyesore for a couple of decades that I know of. It looks semi- derelict with rubbish strewn around the yard and boards up at the broken windows. I hope the existing workforce are taken care of, but the town is well catered for tyre replacement already. The Altair development and others elsewhere in the town centre are desperately needed to halt the post Trafford Centre decline. Sorry but I don't think there is any public support for the Company. I would like to see this building pulled down as quickly as the Bridge pub was. Blank Frank
  • Score: -3

10:02am Sat 23 Aug 14

chapellanecharlie says...

Yet another company is holding the Council (and us residents) to ransom by delaying the Altair development. They want more money, just like the SubPostmaster and two other tenants did at The Square in Hale Barns.

They had delayed this development by 2 years, much to the regret of local people and Booth's Store. Is the same going to happen in Altrincham by the derelict premises owned by the tyre company?
Who was it in Parliament who said "For God's sake go!"?
The same applies to the ATS company.
Yet another company is holding the Council (and us residents) to ransom by delaying the Altair development. They want more money, just like the SubPostmaster and two other tenants did at The Square in Hale Barns. They had delayed this development by 2 years, much to the regret of local people and Booth's Store. Is the same going to happen in Altrincham by the derelict premises owned by the tyre company? Who was it in Parliament who said "For God's sake go!"? The same applies to the ATS company. chapellanecharlie
  • Score: 1

7:25pm Sun 24 Aug 14

spargazer says...

I cannot help thinking that this Altair site is on "the wrong side of the tracks", that you have to crossover the railway line to get to it. That railway line effectively splits the town in two and only by good and clever design can you be successful as Tesco have been. Altair will fail. The tyre place will thrive where ever it is
I cannot help thinking that this Altair site is on "the wrong side of the tracks", that you have to crossover the railway line to get to it. That railway line effectively splits the town in two and only by good and clever design can you be successful as Tesco have been. Altair will fail. The tyre place will thrive where ever it is spargazer
  • Score: 4

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