News

Building dispute may see Stumps Hotel relocate

Stumps Hotel in Brisbane Street, Ipswich.
Stumps Hotel in Brisbane Street, Ipswich. Rob Williams

THE future of Stumps Hotel was in the balance last night with business owner Raj Sharma considering relocation.

Mr Sharma is a tenant but is in dispute with the co-owners of the building in Brisbane St over unlodged development approvals and rent payments.

Mr Sharma told the QT yesterday that he was recently notified by the Ipswich City Council that Stumps Hotel does not have the required development approvals to operate its function rooms.

He said the loss of income from functions would have a massive economic impact on his business and may force him to relocate. He said that when he signed his seven-year lease he believed the approvals were in place.

A council representative told the QT yesterday that "when the hotel was approved, it was approved for a hotel on the ground floor, upstairs was approved for offices… and downstairs, known as the cellar room, was approved for storage".

When the council was notified it was being operated for a different purpose "a show cause notice was issued to the owner… on July 22".

Ipswich accountant Greg Walsh is one of the co-owners of the building and said fellow investors had done everything in their power to resolve the situation with Mr Sharma.

MAKING HEADLINES TODAY ...

Two charged in relation to 41 property offences

The pets no one wants

CBD needs a top quality Stumps Hotel

"It was established that we did need to lodge an amended development approval and we had no problem doing that," Mr Walsh said.

"In fact we had all the work done ready to have the situation resolved, but Raj continued to fail to pay rent.

"As a result of that the investors have decided not to perform any further work until that matter is resolved.

"We have tried to work very hard to come to a resolution with him, but every time we seem to have something in place he shifts the goal posts."

The Stumps Hotel Facebook page was in meltdown yesterday when Mr Sharma submitted the following post:

"The management of Stumps Hotel in Ipswich would like to advise that Stumps Hotel will be closing in the near future and is looking to relocate within the Ipswich precinct.

"The reason for the relocation is that it has recently come to the attention of Stumps management from the Ipswich City Council that the building owners of the premises did not have a certificate of classification in place that would allow the conduct of a hotel and function centre over the whole of the area being leased."

The post was later deleted.

"We stopped paying rent for those two areas, the areas that are in question from Ipswich City Council," Mr Sharma said.

MAKING HEADLINES TODAY ...

Anti-bikie laws not popular with Facebook readers

Time to honour the great Eddie Gilbert

"There is no lift for upstairs. There is no fire escape. In the basement the ceiling is too low. There is no handicapped access. There are a number of issues.

"No way is there blame for anyone, but the commercial reality is that our business model cannot survive without operating the function rooms.

"We have already lost a lot of revenue, and we lose a humungous amount of revenue moving towards Christmas.

"But we will try and accommodate as much as we can in the restaurant."

The investors spent millions of dollars on the building. Mr Sharma is a tenant.

Mr Sharma said the bar and restaurant at Stumps would stay open.

He said he was looking at options for relocation.

"We are considering three options - one is Riverlink, the old TAFE building in Limestone St and also 160 Brisbane St."

Mr Sharma said his health had been poor for the past fortnight and the stress of the situation was taking its toll on him.

"We will continue to operate but financially it is very stressful, knowing the fact that we cannot raise revenue from the function room, which for quite a while we have not been able to use to the full extent," he said.

"Council has been absolutely supportive. They are just following the law, which is for everyone."

Topics:  raj sharma stumps hotel



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

Rally over land clearing in Ipswich today

Helen Darbellay releasing a koala at Hardy's campground at Purga on Friday. Photo: Sarah Harvey / The Queensland Times

Group wants the council to take a more active role

What's on this weekend

Artist Eric Lennartson is in the process of completing his huge tape sculpture at the Ipswich Art Gallery.

Things to do in Ipswich

Boonah brakes the cycle

Braking the Cycle program to help disadvantaged youth

Local Partners

Singer tunes in to first movie role

Tori Kelly voices the character Meena in the movie Sing.

Musician Tori Kelly voices Meena the teenage elephant in Sing

Cricketing greats bring Aussie mateship to commentary box

Cricket commentator Adam Gilchrist.

ADAM Gilchrist enjoys the fun of calling the Big Bash League.

The dead help solve the case

Debut novel delivers on wit, violence and shock

REVIEW: One hell of a trip

Under Full Sail is out now.

The discovery of gold brought a rush of migrants

TV Insider: Hail our national treasure Ernie Dingo

Ernie Dingo scuba dives on the Great Barrier Reef in a scene from Going Places with Ernie Dingo.

The beloved TV presenter is back in a new series for NITV

Gigi Hadid: I'm 'taking the pressure off' myself

Gigi Hadid is trying to "take the pressure off" herself this year.

New 1200-seat Mormon church to open in Ipswich

COMMUNITY: Barbara MacDonald of Springfield Lakes with her children from left, Jacob, 6, Charlotte, 2, Joseph, 4, Emily, 9, and Lachlan, 8, outside the newly built Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at Augustine Heights.

One of Australia's largest Mormon churches will open this month

REVEALED: 25 of Ipswich's cheapest houses

8 Trumper St, East Ipswich, Offers above $230,000.

Old and neglected homes in hot demand with renovators

Coast high-flyer's fight back from bankruptcy, $72m debt

Scott Juniper went from millionaire developer to declaring bankruptcy in2012, now he is back on top of his game again with new developments including this one in Coolum.

'Apocalyptic lending storm' causes financial collapse.

How your home can earn you big $$$$ this Christmas

This luxury Twin Waters home rents out over Christmas for more than $6000 a week.

Home owners earning thousands renting out their homes this Christmas

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!