Mobility firm looks on bright side of HS2-inspired move

Katie Mackinnon, right, with her parents Denis and Maria Fowler at the store's new site
Katie Mackinnon, right, with her parents Denis and Maria Fowler at the store's new site

While many people are still considering what impact HS2 will have on them if it goes ahead, one Aylesbury firm has jumped the gun and got out of the line’s way on its own terms.

Denis Fowler was fearful that his family’s mobility equipment store could be kicked out at short notice.

To pre-empt such a situation, he has moved The Mobility Store from the Bucks Goat Centre in Stoke Mandeville – where the line is due to pass close-by – to the Rabans Lane industrial estate. The firm, which employs six people, had been at the Goat Centre for 11 years but decided staying was not worth the risk.

He said: “We are pretty certain HS2 is going to happen.

“The big problem is it will be right outside the Goat Centre. The other problem is the owner would have only had to give us three months’ notice.

“We couldn’t continue a business with that hanging over our heads.

“We want to plan for the business’ future and we can’t do that with this threat in the background.

“We have decided to make a positive out of something that is pretty bad.”

The Goat Centre is under threat from HS2, but management say no decision has been made about what will happen if the line is built. Manager Ben Foster said: “We have to wait and see.”