Corran’s Tangled Web:Intentional Misrepresentation?
The strange story of some £16.7 million of lost investments in The Corran Resort and Spa, Laugharne, becomes ever more troubling. Investor Ian Dixon discovered that Kayboo, in administration since October 2016, sold 166 fractions of hotel ‘suites’ on land then owned by EHF Hospitality Ltd and which contained no hotel accommodation.
EHF Hospitality’s property at East House Farm is now with Secured Bridging Finance, the mortgagor. Secured Bridging Finance’s Alan Lister contacted West Wales News Review with the following information:
“Our company, Secured Bridging Finance Ltd (via our company’s wholly owned subsidiary company) owns Barns 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7, East House Farm. From time to time Mr Peter Burnett [director of Kayboo Ltd, East Marsh Operational Company Ltd, Pennaf Premier Group Worldwide Ltd and several other companies] enquired about purchasing our barns, but he failed to follow through.
“Our barns appear from the diagram in your article to be included in the fractional ownership scheme. We were not aware that our barns were included.
“While the five barns continue in our company’s ownership we would not have agreed, had we been asked, to their being included in any such scheme.
“We are concerned that our barns – and perhaps our company – may have been intentionally misrepresented as being under the control of the promoters of the scheme.”
EHF Hospitality’s sole current director is Matthew Roberts, who was declared bankrupt in September 2014. Companies House proposes to strike off EHF Hospitality, which has not submitted any accounts since the year to February 28th 2011. Former directors of EHF Hospitality are County West Secretarial Services Ltd (February 4th 2010 to September 23rd 2013) and Paul Manley, of Newquay, Cornwall, for a single day, February 4th 2010.
Paul Manley was, from February 29th 2016 to October 11th 2016, a director of Glendore Real Estate Ltd, which currently owns The Corran, and of the hotel operating company Plustocks Management Ltd (to October 13th). These two companies have replaced Kayboo Ltd, which owned the hotel, and East Marsh Operational Ltd, which ran it. East Marsh Operational Ltd is, like Kayboo, in administration.
Kayboo and East Marsh Operational Company director Keith Stiles remains a director of Glendore Real Estate and of Plustocks Management.
So round and round we go. Round and round.
Ian Dixon also reports that Kayboo sold 133 fractions of suites on land owned by Paul Manley, and that Malthouse Farm, the intended third phase of The Corran’s expansion, was not owned by Kayboo or by Kayboo director Peter Burnett, contrary to a statement made on the application for planning permission (which Carmarthenshire County Council rejected because of flooding and environmental risks, and which was also rejected on appeal).
Investors thought they were buying 999-year leases on land, and property on it, in many cases for their pensions.
But most of them were buying nothing at all.
The depressing story is far from finished.