Old And New Businesses Can Survive

PUBLISHED: 12:29 27 January 2009 | UPDATED: 10:43 04 May 2010

JAMES Graven s recent letter (Ely Standard, January 1) sought to dispel some myths concern his proposed filling station in Littleport. In seeking to address the facts about his new business venture, it seems he created a further myth about the other fil

JAMES Graven's recent letter (Ely Standard, January 1) sought to dispel some 'myths' concern his proposed filling station in Littleport. In seeking to address the facts about his new business venture, it seems he created a further myth about the other filling station within the town, namely Audley Garage, a business present when "the old A10 wound its way through Littleport" and still does. We are not, as Mr Graven states, a "part time" petrol station, we are open five-and-a-half days a week, serving residents and businesses alike.

Perhaps we are not the 24/7 service provider that the present non-stop age demands, even if it is not wanted, nor warranted in these credit crunch times.

It is true to say that it is difficult for a small rural business such as Audley Garage to survive on fuel sales alone, which is why we offer a variety of services, including a fully operational VOSA approved MOT testing station, also providing the necessary repairs in the event of failure.

I am writing, not to enter into the already weighty debate concerning Mr Graven's proposal, but to highlight that Littleport does have an existing service infrastructure, including a petrol station.

Our council's vision may be to create a stronger service centre, but surely it is one in which both old and new businesses can thrive?

JAKE COLEBY

Audley Garage

Littleport

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