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Objectors Vultures, says Mr. Corpe .

27th January 1956
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Which of the following most accurately describes the problem?

" JULTURES hoping to pick up V something from the misfortune of

old age and " was how Mr. T. D. Come desciib-ed eight objectors before the Western Licensing Authority last week.

Messrs. Lovell • Bros., Severn Farm, Elmore, Glos, sought an A licence to operate a vehicle owned by Mr. E. C. Close, of Brimscornbe. They had offered him £200 for the vehicle and £600 for goodwill. Mr. Close had to quit business because of his age and poor health. His vehicle had not been licensed for two months and Mr. V. Young, of Brimscombe. was working for some of Mr. Close's customers.

Mr. Close had discussed the purchase of the vehicle by Mr. Young without result. The objections arose because if Messrs. Lovell obtained the vehicle it would move to a base 10 miles away.

The case was adjourned so that negotiations between Mr. Close and Mr. Young could be resumed. If they were still unfruitful, the application will be heard again.

The Authority thought that it would be wrong for Mr. Close's goodwill, built up over more than 30 years, to lapse and fall into the hands of other people without payment. "1 am not going to lightly brush him aside," he said.


THE value of strong transport associa

tions to Licensing Authorities was referred to by Mr. W. P. James, West Midland Licensing Authority, at the annual dinner of the Birmingham Subarea of the Road Haulage Association last week.

In 1955, he said, he had granted special A licences for 1,647 vehicles, and licences for 1,567 vehicles had been issued to British Road Services. A total of 8.500 vehicles was operating under ordinary A licences, 7,500 on B licences and 2.400 on contract A licences. There were also 93,000 Clicence vehicles, bringing the total number-in the area to nearly 115,000.

BURY TO }PAYE 30-FT. BUSES OURTEFN double-deck buses required by Bury Corporation will be built to the proposed new overall length of 30 ft. if the makers can supply them.

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