STRANRAER baker John McClintock has told The Galloway Gazette he is one businessman allegedly out of pocket after becoming involved with beleaguered businesswoman Wanda Campbell.
Recently, Mrs Campbell, who supplies hampers via her Flavours of Galloway website, was told she was being kicked out of Wigtownshire Chamber of Commerce for allegedly breaching its code of conduct, something she disputes and is challenging through her lawyer.
This week, Mr McClintock contacted the Gazette to claim Mrs Campbell rented premises for him in Stranraer but he was forced to get his lawyer to evict her after she left an alleged trail of unpaid debts.
Mr McClintock said: “My premises, being a bakery, is only used from 2am to 8am and I thought it was a good idea to have it used through the day. She [Wanda Campbell] came to see me as she was looking for bigger premises and I like helping folk.
“She moved in on January 29 but as nothing was paid I had to get my lawyer to evict her on March 20. I have now been left with gas, electricity and water bills to pay.”
Mr McClintock confirmed he intended to pursue Mrs Campbell through the small claims court. “I’m still chasing her”, he said.
Mrs Campbell’s solicitor Fiona McAllister, issued the following statement on behalf of her client:
“We entirely refute the allegations made by Mr McClintock. Neither Flavours of Galloway nor Wanda Campbell personally, have ever rented premises from Mr McClintock. Any suggestion of unpaid invoices by them is damaging to both the company and Wanda Campbell’s personal reputation.
“Fresh with Flavours, a separate legal entity of which Wanda Campbell is a Director, did rent premises from Mr McClintock from 29 January until 20 March 2012. However, nothing was due by Fresh with Flavours to Mr McClintock as there was never any agreement in place. Fresh with Flavours did, in fact, voluntarily offer Mr McClintock payment and attempted payment but they were given incorrect bank details by Mr McClintock so were unable to process the transfer. In addition the invoices provided to Fresh with Flavours had VAT applied where, in some cases, it shouldn’t have been.
“Mr McClintock owns and occupies the premises and it is his responsibility to cover the bills. No “trail of debts” has been left.
“In March 2012 Mr McClintock gave Fresh with Flavours an ultimatum to pay an unreasonably high amount for the rent together with his legal fees or to vacate the property. Fresh with Flavours felt they had no other option than vacate the premises. When Fresh with Flavours did so, Mr McClintock withheld stock and equipment belonging to Fresh with Flavours resulting in them being unable to trade.”