The owner of the motorbike business Motopsycho, a long standing feature in South Kings Cross, currently residing at 18 Acton Street, is to leave the premises by August, in spite of the owner Keith Pollen in his own words, “always having paid his rent on time and never missing a single payment.”
Pollen, a father of three, who inherited the business several years ago from his mechanic friend Adam Murray, now finds himself in a quite worried state.
The garage supports his entire family and a few mechanic assistants. The closure would force upon him difficult decisions at a time already not easy due to the economic downturn of the past years.
“In the worst case I may have to start completely anew, and businesses such as this one rely on slowly building up contacts with motorcyclists, who know the location of the garage, rather than your e-mail or phone number.”
Pollen says it could take years to rebuild the trade at a new location and he is hoping he can find a replacement workshop close to the current location. He is appealing to anyone with suggestions of potential locations in the area nearby, from where he could continue to operate.
The reason for Pollen’s demise is the fact, that the landlord is clearing 18 Acton Street for refurbishment to modernise it and convert the entire building into flats. Pollen says, that legislation has changed recently, making it easier to convert commercial units into residential properties. Apparently some of the residential tenants above the garage have also been told to leave.
The history of the business goes back decades. Prior to running the garage from Acton Street, the business was run from a unit on Kings Cross Road, but moved eventually into the spacier premises in Acton Street. Just a few years ago Pollen had to upgrade the garage for fire hazard safety at much personal expense.
It is yet another tale of a long standing blue collar businesses being forced to vacate the Southern side of Kings Cross. Recently the Jaguar garage on Gray’s Inn Road, also shut for good, with the rooms currently used as a make shift car-park.
If you have any info on premises large enough to sustain a motorcycle garage either drop into the garage or phone Keith on 020-7837 04 72 or email via the website www.moto-psycho.co.uk/contact.html