Vauxhall exploring future options

JPCT 24-08-12 S12340046X Broadbridge Heath, Vauxhall, Stevens, closed  -photo by Steve Cobb
JPCT 24-08-12 S12340046X Broadbridge Heath, Vauxhall, Stevens, closed -photo by Steve Cobb

Motoring giant Vauxhall has moved to reassure customers that it recognises the need to represent the business in Horsham and Crawley following the recent closure of Stevens Vauxhall.

The news comes after Horsham district councillor Peter Burgess wrote to the company expressing his concern regarding the administration, which made around 70 people redundant.

In a letter Mr Burgess wrote: “Both as a user and local councillor I am very concerned at the sudden closure of the main Vauxhall agent in Horsham.

“I am aware that all these garages are franchised outlets and not under your direct control, but this is going to have a huge effect on your sales.”

Mr Burgess added: “I would urge you to investigate this issue and look at ways of refinancing, if only in your own interests.”

The councillor received what he branded ‘a positive response’ from Vauxhall’s retial network development director.

Andy Robson said: “We do recognise that Vauxhall needs representation in the Horsham and Crawley area and I would like to assure you that we are reviewing the position and working through the options to resolve this issue.”

He added that the nearest Vauxhall retailers and repairers within a 15-mile radius of the Horsham and Crawley sites are: Turners Hill Garage (service only); Frosts Haywards Heath (sales and service) and Allams of Leatherhead (service only).