Royal Mail have submitted planning application that if successful, threatens the existence of Langley Records in Molesey, a locally known record store that has been established for over 40 years.
Owner Geoff Langley, 79 opened the shop on Walton Road, Molesey nearly 42 years ago and the store holds thousands of valuable and rare vinyl records. "I will probably have to retire, I cannot imagine I will find another place like this and there is nothing in Molesey that measures up". Mr Langley said.
In ongoing disputes Royal Mail even cut off the heating to the premises during the winter in 2013. Around 14 years ago a rental figure was agreed years after the original lease had ended. Mr Langley says he has paid every penny of it and that Royal Mail have even started refunding payments in light of the new planning application.
Both Mr and Mrs Langley were diagnosed with cancer during this time and Mrs Langley passed away from the disease in 2007. Mr Langley said "Royal Mail thinks it is going to get everything its own way but I don’t think it will – it’s worth fighting for".
If you agree with Mr Langley you can help by adding comments on the Elmbridge Council planning application site