Auctioneers in search for new premises
AUCTIONEERS Allen and Sarah Mechen are searching for new premises after the closure of their McCubbing & Redfern auction rooms in Southover, Wells.
Plans have been submitted by site owner Andrew Davies to build two new homes there, which has left the couple looking for another business location.
“We haven’t been able to find alternative premises yet but we’re happy to have a break over the summer while we look for alternatives,” said Sarah.
“The only time we ever close the auction rooms is over the Christmas period.”
Another reason that a break is welcome is because of Allen having a heart operation.
He and Sarah have run the McCubbing & Redfern auction rooms for more than 12 years.
They originally opened up the first auction rooms in the centre of Yeovil, then ran Yeovil and Wells together until deciding to sell the Yeovil operation.
The Wells site was formerly owned by the Wicks family of T Wicks & Sons who began the auction business in Wells in 1845.
Sarah said that she and Allen, who have been busy clearing out after their final sale at the end of March, would like to keep their auction rooms operation in Wells.
They have identified two premises in the city that would be suitable, though neither are available yet.
She added that their customers are keen for them to stay. She said: “Our customers have been pretty upset as it’s the only family-run and independent auction house in the Wells/Shepton Mallet area and they are hoping we will return.”
The planning application submitted to Mendip District Council proposes the demolition of the existing garage to No 64 and the building of a two-storey extension; the building of a two-storey apartment over garage between Nos 64-70; and the demolition of the single-storey repository and the conversion of the existing two-storey repository to a four-bedroom home.
An earlier plan for the site was turned down by the district council, which said it would result in a development which was harmful to the street scene and the character and appearance of the existing building.
The revised proposal was considered by Wells City Council’s planning committee on April 19, which had no objections.