Thank you to the Clitheroe Advertiser for a great article about John and the history of Athertons in Whalley. In case you didn’t see it, here it is..
Here at Athertons we are entering our 21st year of successfully selling houses throughout the Ribble Valley.
Somebody recently described the Company as “part of the fabric of Whalley” – a description that Director and founder, John Atherton, really liked.
“We have made many friends and contacts over the years who continue to come back to us for a truly local and professional service”
The market has endured several years of being in the doldrums and we have relied on the loyalty of these local clients to keep things going.
But now there are definite signs of spring in the air. With the uncertainties of the election over – never mind the politics – at least we know what we’ve got for the next 5 years – so we can start moving with confidence.
There is now much more activity in the housing market and the confidence in land and property is now stronger than it’s been for seven years or so.
At Athertons, apart from our trainee surveyor, John’s son Jim, who has only recently joined the team, all our staff have been with us for over 10 years.
Throughout this time, John has also maintained the Company’s land agency specialism, dealing with farmers, rural businesses and owners of country houses throughout the Ribble Valley. John studied Estate Management at The Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester and qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1987.
“Our farming clients have always been very important to us and the sales
and management of rural property is a mainstay of the business”
We are currently busy launching the sale of a couple of farms locally, with several other large country properties being prepared for the market in the near future.
We are also preparing for a public auction of land which is to be held in June in Whalley Village Hall – the first property auction there since the last one we held back in 2001.
Also in the background is the range of professional services that we provide for the farming community on an ongoing basis throughout the year.
At the moment we are concentrating on making sure our farming clients are successful with all their Basic Payment Scheme applications and that all Stewardship grant forms are currently being signed and sent off before 15th June – it’s been a bit chaotic but with the much welcome extension to the deadline date, everything is now under control here.
We are also dealing with several planning applications at the moment for the removal of agricultural ties and other occupation conditions on rural dwellings. There is obviously still a real need for these conditions to remain on some farms but for many, we can prove they are obsolete and redundant – freeing them up to provide valuable assets for the business.
We are also turning our attention to the new RDPE Grant Schemes that DEFRA is introducing this year. In particular, we will be looking to deliver competitive bids on behalf of clients for the new Countryside Stewardship and Woodland Grant Scheme, so that they can be properly rewarded for looking after the countryside as well as their businesses.
It looks like it’s going to be a busy year here at Athertons – “part of the fabric of Whalley”.