Millionaire Metro Taxi boss Nick Astley ploughs money into new Salus Withnell Hall drug addiction rehab centre

Millionaire Metro Taxi boss ploughs money into new drug addiction rehab centre

Nick Astley outside his Salus Withnell Hall addiction treatment centre

The Salus Withnell Hall addiction treatment centre

Inside the Salus Withnell Hall addiction treatment centre - patients will be in comfortable surroundings

Nick Astley is pleased with the restoration of the mansion

Inside the Salus Withnell Hall addiction treatment centre - patients will be in comfortable surroundings

The Salus Withnell Hall addiction treatment centre

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A MILLIONAIRE taxi boss is ploughing part of his fortune into a Priory-style addiction treatment centre.

Nick Astley, owner of Bolton-based Metro Taxis — the largest private hire firm in Greater Manchester — is set to open Salus Withnell Hall in a £3.5 million mansion on the outskirts of Chorley.

The 47-year-old former pupil of Turton High School, who has built his taxi and property empire over more than 20 years, has owned the mansion since 2000.

Mr Astley was renting it to Inward House Projects, a drugs and rehabilitation centre, but it closed recently.

He thought about turning the property into a luxury home, but has now vowed to “give something back” by financing a facility for 41 clients who will be cared for by a team of up to 20 professionals, including social workers, doctors, psychotherapists, addiction specialists, counsellors and an admissions team.

Mr Astley said his aspiration was to offer the sort of quality rehabilitation which is available at Priory Centres, but to make it available to ordinary people.

He is being helped by partner and long-time addiction specialist Keith Robertson, who runs a similar facility in Lancaster called Littledale Hall and lectures on the subject in universities.

The pair are hoping to receive their first clients this month.

“Although it will be run as a business, all the money will be ploughed back into the facility,” said Mr Astley. “I am happy to make my money elsewhere.

“I have 500 taxis and run the biggest operation in Greater Manchester and I have properties also.

“With Keith on board, we have the knowledge to run a place. We want to do everything right.”

Mr Astley said it had taken three months to refurbish the mansion — with many people offering their services on voluntary basis — and it has just passed its inspection by the Care Quality Commission.

Mr Astley added: “You reach a point in your life when you feel like you want to give something back to the wider community.”

“I would like to think that if my children needed help there would be somewhere like this where they could come.

“I believe if we do something for the right reasons it will be successful.”

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12:20pm Mon 11 Aug 14

BlueRay79 says...

What a good man. Using one of his own properties that he could have made a lot of money from. Hopefully it will help some of these people get back on their feet.
What a good man. Using one of his own properties that he could have made a lot of money from. Hopefully it will help some of these people get back on their feet. BlueRay79
  • Score: 11

12:48pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Boffoo says...

Just a pity he couldn't plough some of the money into a reliable taxi company where one can actually book a taxi when ramadam is on. At these times, the best you can hope for is a taxi may arrive within the hour. Pathetic!
Just a pity he couldn't plough some of the money into a reliable taxi company where one can actually book a taxi when ramadam is on. At these times, the best you can hope for is a taxi may arrive within the hour. Pathetic! Boffoo
  • Score: 30

12:53pm Mon 11 Aug 14

CDJ1973 says...

Boffoo wrote:
Just a pity he couldn't plough some of the money into a reliable taxi company where one can actually book a taxi when ramadam is on. At these times, the best you can hope for is a taxi may arrive within the hour. Pathetic!
well said Boffoo :)
[quote][p][bold]Boffoo[/bold] wrote: Just a pity he couldn't plough some of the money into a reliable taxi company where one can actually book a taxi when ramadam is on. At these times, the best you can hope for is a taxi may arrive within the hour. Pathetic![/p][/quote]well said Boffoo :) CDJ1973
  • Score: -7

12:58pm Mon 11 Aug 14

itsnotthatbad says...

Boffoo wrote:
Just a pity he couldn't plough some of the money into a reliable taxi company where one can actually book a taxi when ramadam is on. At these times, the best you can hope for is a taxi may arrive within the hour. Pathetic!
If its call to prayer time or ramadan I use telecars who are normally outside morrisons. I dont use any of the "new" drivers since the takeover just the older reliable lot, who dont try to overcharge you!!. All the older lot are courteous and helpful.
[quote][p][bold]Boffoo[/bold] wrote: Just a pity he couldn't plough some of the money into a reliable taxi company where one can actually book a taxi when ramadam is on. At these times, the best you can hope for is a taxi may arrive within the hour. Pathetic![/p][/quote]If its call to prayer time or ramadan I use telecars who are normally outside morrisons. I dont use any of the "new" drivers since the takeover just the older reliable lot, who dont try to overcharge you!!. All the older lot are courteous and helpful. itsnotthatbad
  • Score: -2

1:07pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Emzeeza says...

Boffoo wrote:
Just a pity he couldn't plough some of the money into a reliable taxi company where one can actually book a taxi when ramadam is on. At these times, the best you can hope for is a taxi may arrive within the hour. Pathetic!
No that's not his problem you can't get a taxi during Ramadan, taxi drivers are not hired and they get there licence from Bolton council so he can't be to blame for running a firm and giving a driver a data that has been approved by the council. Bolton is your problem really so move town where Ramadan isn't a problem then you'll be happy!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Boffoo[/bold] wrote: Just a pity he couldn't plough some of the money into a reliable taxi company where one can actually book a taxi when ramadam is on. At these times, the best you can hope for is a taxi may arrive within the hour. Pathetic![/p][/quote]No that's not his problem you can't get a taxi during Ramadan, taxi drivers are not hired and they get there licence from Bolton council so he can't be to blame for running a firm and giving a driver a data that has been approved by the council. Bolton is your problem really so move town where Ramadan isn't a problem then you'll be happy!!!! Emzeeza
  • Score: 0

1:54pm Mon 11 Aug 14

BIG ERN says...

A guy ia doing something great for the community and for individuals whose lives are ruined by addiction and all some folk can whine about are taxi's. Get a grip.
A guy ia doing something great for the community and for individuals whose lives are ruined by addiction and all some folk can whine about are taxi's. Get a grip. BIG ERN
  • Score: -20

2:26pm Mon 11 Aug 14

longballs r us says...

Whinge, whinge & whinge!
Whinge, whinge & whinge! longballs r us
  • Score: -2

2:44pm Mon 11 Aug 14

nosynewsreader says...

Well done nick. Shows there are some decent people still around in bolton
Well done nick. Shows there are some decent people still around in bolton nosynewsreader
  • Score: 18

3:39pm Mon 11 Aug 14

SleepingThunder says...

It is not free unless you get referred from doctor/NHS. To stay at somewhere private like priory you are talking around 2 thousand a month
It is not free unless you get referred from doctor/NHS. To stay at somewhere private like priory you are talking around 2 thousand a month SleepingThunder
  • Score: 2

3:43pm Mon 11 Aug 14

The Running Man says...

BIG ERN wrote:
A guy ia doing something great for the community and for individuals whose lives are ruined by addiction and all some folk can whine about are taxi's. Get a grip.
Well put Big Ern and well done Mr Astley, fantastic project, hope it does really well.

The second lot of positive news about Bolton employers in the last week.

Let's keep it going!
[quote][p][bold]BIG ERN[/bold] wrote: A guy ia doing something great for the community and for individuals whose lives are ruined by addiction and all some folk can whine about are taxi's. Get a grip.[/p][/quote]Well put Big Ern and well done Mr Astley, fantastic project, hope it does really well. The second lot of positive news about Bolton employers in the last week. Let's keep it going! The Running Man
  • Score: 5

4:01pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Chatterbox 1 says...

Wasn't he prosecuted a few years ago for cheating the tax man out of thousands of pounds?
Wasn't he prosecuted a few years ago for cheating the tax man out of thousands of pounds? Chatterbox 1
  • Score: 10

4:26pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Browny91 says...

Maybe he should stop his drivers from dealing too!
Maybe he should stop his drivers from dealing too! Browny91
  • Score: 31

5:28pm Mon 11 Aug 14

mumrahhhh says...

Well let's see for a man who cheated the tax man and then blamed his mum by sayin it was her bussiness and taxi prices sky high 400 drivers all paying him90 pound a week just to rent the machine that the operator gives jobs by also the rent if his taxi it self no wonder he as got Money greedy greedy greedy spring t mind .....
Well let's see for a man who cheated the tax man and then blamed his mum by sayin it was her bussiness and taxi prices sky high 400 drivers all paying him90 pound a week just to rent the machine that the operator gives jobs by also the rent if his taxi it self no wonder he as got Money greedy greedy greedy spring t mind ..... mumrahhhh
  • Score: 30

5:28pm Mon 11 Aug 14

mumrahhhh says...

Well let's see for a man who cheated the tax man and then blamed his mum by sayin it was her bussiness and taxi prices sky high 400 drivers all paying him90 pound a week just to rent the machine that the operator gives jobs by also the rent if his taxi it self no wonder he as got Money greedy greedy greedy spring t mind .....
Well let's see for a man who cheated the tax man and then blamed his mum by sayin it was her bussiness and taxi prices sky high 400 drivers all paying him90 pound a week just to rent the machine that the operator gives jobs by also the rent if his taxi it self no wonder he as got Money greedy greedy greedy spring t mind ..... mumrahhhh
  • Score: 9

5:46pm Mon 11 Aug 14

mumrahhhh says...

Hahaha curing drug habits he won't av as many customers
Hahaha curing drug habits he won't av as many customers mumrahhhh
  • Score: 5

6:46pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Greasy Chip Butty says...

Well done the man. There are no pockets in shrouds. You can't take any of it with you when you die.
Well done the man. There are no pockets in shrouds. You can't take any of it with you when you die. Greasy Chip Butty
  • Score: -147

7:15pm Mon 11 Aug 14

swager123 says...

He wants to invest in proper drivers instead of most of the buffoons he as now !!
He wants to invest in proper drivers instead of most of the buffoons he as now !! swager123
  • Score: 33

7:15pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Enemy of The State..... says...

Hah, sum people need to get a grip man ! After reading sum of them comments they should'nt even be allowed on this, he' s opening a rehab centre WELL DONE LAD! What the bloody hell has Ramadan gotta do wit people not getting TAXIS. Oh let me guess, I won't say the P word but all taxi drivers are Muslims , or they ? I've caught several metro taxis in my time and I'v had mixed drivers. I onced had a white English woman driver. Think sum people will just Neva be happy. Oh by da way, Watford 3 - 0 Bolton. Hahahahahahaha
Hah, sum people need to get a grip man ! After reading sum of them comments they should'nt even be allowed on this, he' s opening a rehab centre WELL DONE LAD! What the bloody hell has Ramadan gotta do wit people not getting TAXIS. Oh let me guess, I won't say the P word but all taxi drivers are Muslims , or they ? I've caught several metro taxis in my time and I'v had mixed drivers. I onced had a white English woman driver. Think sum people will just Neva be happy. Oh by da way, Watford 3 - 0 Bolton. Hahahahahahaha Enemy of The State.....
  • Score: -35

7:32pm Mon 11 Aug 14

swager123 says...

Enemy of The State..... wrote:
Hah, sum people need to get a grip man ! After reading sum of them comments they should'nt even be allowed on this, he' s opening a rehab centre WELL DONE LAD! What the bloody hell has Ramadan gotta do wit people not getting TAXIS. Oh let me guess, I won't say the P word but all taxi drivers are Muslims , or they ? I've caught several metro taxis in my time and I'v had mixed drivers. I onced had a white English woman driver. Think sum people will just Neva be happy. Oh by da way, Watford 3 - 0 Bolton. Hahahahahahaha
Did you take English lessons at school ? And what has the Wanderers result got to do with this ??
[quote][p][bold]Enemy of The State.....[/bold] wrote: Hah, sum people need to get a grip man ! After reading sum of them comments they should'nt even be allowed on this, he' s opening a rehab centre WELL DONE LAD! What the bloody hell has Ramadan gotta do wit people not getting TAXIS. Oh let me guess, I won't say the P word but all taxi drivers are Muslims , or they ? I've caught several metro taxis in my time and I'v had mixed drivers. I onced had a white English woman driver. Think sum people will just Neva be happy. Oh by da way, Watford 3 - 0 Bolton. Hahahahahahaha[/p][/quote]Did you take English lessons at school ? And what has the Wanderers result got to do with this ?? swager123
  • Score: -1

8:02pm Mon 11 Aug 14

pradagucci says...

Enemy of The State..... wrote:
Hah, sum people need to get a grip man ! After reading sum of them comments they should'nt even be allowed on this, he' s opening a rehab centre WELL DONE LAD! What the bloody hell has Ramadan gotta do wit people not getting TAXIS. Oh let me guess, I won't say the P word but all taxi drivers are Muslims , or they ? I've caught several metro taxis in my time and I'v had mixed drivers. I onced had a white English woman driver. Think sum people will just Neva be happy. Oh by da way, Watford 3 - 0 Bolton. Hahahahahahaha
Well......doing taxis is open to anyone. Just bcoz mainly Indians and Pakistanis opt to do it that's the town's problem, alot English people in Bolton see doing taxis as low, but these very same people will sign on and claim benefit left, right centre! What a joke!
[quote][p][bold]Enemy of The State.....[/bold] wrote: Hah, sum people need to get a grip man ! After reading sum of them comments they should'nt even be allowed on this, he' s opening a rehab centre WELL DONE LAD! What the bloody hell has Ramadan gotta do wit people not getting TAXIS. Oh let me guess, I won't say the P word but all taxi drivers are Muslims , or they ? I've caught several metro taxis in my time and I'v had mixed drivers. I onced had a white English woman driver. Think sum people will just Neva be happy. Oh by da way, Watford 3 - 0 Bolton. Hahahahahahaha[/p][/quote]Well......doing taxis is open to anyone. Just bcoz mainly Indians and Pakistanis opt to do it that's the town's problem, alot English people in Bolton see doing taxis as low, but these very same people will sign on and claim benefit left, right centre! What a joke! pradagucci
  • Score: -29

8:04pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Browny91 says...

Enemy of The State..... wrote:
Hah, sum people need to get a grip man ! After reading sum of them comments they should'nt even be allowed on this, he' s opening a rehab centre WELL DONE LAD! What the bloody hell has Ramadan gotta do wit people not getting TAXIS. Oh let me guess, I won't say the P word but all taxi drivers are Muslims , or they ? I've caught several metro taxis in my time and I'v had mixed drivers. I onced had a white English woman driver. Think sum people will just Neva be happy. Oh by da way, Watford 3 - 0 Bolton. Hahahahahahaha
Maybe you should ask Saint Nick to pay for your English lessons?
[quote][p][bold]Enemy of The State.....[/bold] wrote: Hah, sum people need to get a grip man ! After reading sum of them comments they should'nt even be allowed on this, he' s opening a rehab centre WELL DONE LAD! What the bloody hell has Ramadan gotta do wit people not getting TAXIS. Oh let me guess, I won't say the P word but all taxi drivers are Muslims , or they ? I've caught several metro taxis in my time and I'v had mixed drivers. I onced had a white English woman driver. Think sum people will just Neva be happy. Oh by da way, Watford 3 - 0 Bolton. Hahahahahahaha[/p][/quote]Maybe you should ask Saint Nick to pay for your English lessons? Browny91
  • Score: 16

8:24pm Mon 11 Aug 14

artistpaint says...

Considering the cost of taxi fares.all the drivers should go to college and learn how to be courteous and treat the customer with a big smile get off there btms and open the door for you.the older ones know how.
Considering the cost of taxi fares.all the drivers should go to college and learn how to be courteous and treat the customer with a big smile get off there btms and open the door for you.the older ones know how. artistpaint
  • Score: 25

8:29pm Mon 11 Aug 14

EmShambles says...

If he wants to give something back to his customers,I've seen a pair of Christian Lauboutin shoes I'd love!
If he wants to give something back to his customers,I've seen a pair of Christian Lauboutin shoes I'd love! EmShambles
  • Score: -67

9:16pm Mon 11 Aug 14

aardwolf says...

Who says crime doesn't pay. A millionaire on the back of tax and VAT fraud employing drivers who lie about their income.
Who says crime doesn't pay. A millionaire on the back of tax and VAT fraud employing drivers who lie about their income. aardwolf
  • Score: 16

9:24pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Blackrod says...

BIG ERN wrote:
A guy ia doing something great for the community and for individuals whose lives are ruined by addiction and all some folk can whine about are taxi's. Get a grip.
Well making a profit from tax payers money who fund these placements via the drug services up and down the country. Very profitable industry and will recover any investment quickly. How about the local community getting drug and alcohol donation of a member of staff or an activity?
[quote][p][bold]BIG ERN[/bold] wrote: A guy ia doing something great for the community and for individuals whose lives are ruined by addiction and all some folk can whine about are taxi's. Get a grip.[/p][/quote]Well making a profit from tax payers money who fund these placements via the drug services up and down the country. Very profitable industry and will recover any investment quickly. How about the local community getting drug and alcohol donation of a member of staff or an activity? Blackrod
  • Score: 39

9:25pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Wolfie190 says...

So is it free this rehab centre and he will be paid by the taxpayer or is it private and for rich junkies ?
So is it free this rehab centre and he will be paid by the taxpayer or is it private and for rich junkies ? Wolfie190
  • Score: 30

9:34pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Citizen Cane says...

There are some pretty libellous statements on this thread which will have to be removed pronto. There are also some inaccuracies - the article says that the facility will be run as a business but all the profits will be ploughed back in ie Nick will not benefit personally.

Perhaps those negative commentators would prefer a benefit scrounger to a self made man putting something back into society?
There are some pretty libellous statements on this thread which will have to be removed pronto. There are also some inaccuracies - the article says that the facility will be run as a business but all the profits will be ploughed back in ie Nick will not benefit personally. Perhaps those negative commentators would prefer a benefit scrounger to a self made man putting something back into society? Citizen Cane
  • Score: -23

10:24pm Mon 11 Aug 14

artistpaint says...

Citizan pain.lol
Citizan pain.lol artistpaint
  • Score: 28

10:30pm Mon 11 Aug 14

artistpaint says...

What they say what goes around comes around....power 2 people who really care about people.and animals 2.
What they say what goes around comes around....power 2 people who really care about people.and animals 2. artistpaint
  • Score: 25

10:33pm Mon 11 Aug 14

artistpaint says...

Eat fresh eat fish n chips ...
Eat fresh eat fish n chips ... artistpaint
  • Score: 42

11:16pm Mon 11 Aug 14

BIG ERN says...

Blackrod wrote:
BIG ERN wrote:
A guy ia doing something great for the community and for individuals whose lives are ruined by addiction and all some folk can whine about are taxi's. Get a grip.
Well making a profit from tax payers money who fund these placements via the drug services up and down the country. Very profitable industry and will recover any investment quickly. How about the local community getting drug and alcohol donation of a member of staff or an activity?
Firstly, what?
That didn't make sense.
"How about the local community getting drug and alcohol donation of a member of staff or an activity?"

Secondly, my point is that somebody is doing something for individuals with the misery of addiction.
That is only a good thing.
[quote][p][bold]Blackrod[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BIG ERN[/bold] wrote: A guy ia doing something great for the community and for individuals whose lives are ruined by addiction and all some folk can whine about are taxi's. Get a grip.[/p][/quote]Well making a profit from tax payers money who fund these placements via the drug services up and down the country. Very profitable industry and will recover any investment quickly. How about the local community getting drug and alcohol donation of a member of staff or an activity?[/p][/quote]Firstly, what? That didn't make sense. "How about the local community getting drug and alcohol donation of a member of staff or an activity?" Secondly, my point is that somebody is doing something for individuals with the misery of addiction. That is only a good thing. BIG ERN
  • Score: -4

12:26am Tue 12 Aug 14

alivenkicking says...

500 part time taxi drivers , mostly claiming tax credits doing 40 plus hours a week . The rehab will come in handy for some of the drivers who are arseholed while taking fares home.
500 part time taxi drivers , mostly claiming tax credits doing 40 plus hours a week . The rehab will come in handy for some of the drivers who are arseholed while taking fares home. alivenkicking
  • Score: 37

3:31am Tue 12 Aug 14

barry g says...

This isn't for Bolton people, It's in Chorley - Blackburn.
How will this benefit the people of Bolton, NHS Lancs will do the referring not NHS Gtr Manchester.
This isn't for Bolton people, It's in Chorley - Blackburn. How will this benefit the people of Bolton, NHS Lancs will do the referring not NHS Gtr Manchester. barry g
  • Score: 18

9:07am Tue 12 Aug 14

MarkAllRead says...

Boffoo wrote:
Just a pity he couldn't plough some of the money into a reliable taxi company where one can actually book a taxi when ramadam is on. At these times, the best you can hope for is a taxi may arrive within the hour. Pathetic!
To be fair, all taxi firms were like that.
[quote][p][bold]Boffoo[/bold] wrote: Just a pity he couldn't plough some of the money into a reliable taxi company where one can actually book a taxi when ramadam is on. At these times, the best you can hope for is a taxi may arrive within the hour. Pathetic![/p][/quote]To be fair, all taxi firms were like that. MarkAllRead
  • Score: -47

9:18am Tue 12 Aug 14

Thatissowrong says...

Top man. Can't believe the petty and abusive comments he's getting here: the posters should be ashamed of themselves.
Somewhat ironically I bet some of this lot are probably potential users of the new facility. 😃
Top man. Can't believe the petty and abusive comments he's getting here: the posters should be ashamed of themselves. Somewhat ironically I bet some of this lot are probably potential users of the new facility. 😃 Thatissowrong
  • Score: -43

10:14am Tue 12 Aug 14

melloj says...

Boffoo wrote:
Just a pity he couldn't plough some of the money into a reliable taxi company where one can actually book a taxi when ramadam is on. At these times, the best you can hope for is a taxi may arrive within the hour. Pathetic!
Walk.
[quote][p][bold]Boffoo[/bold] wrote: Just a pity he couldn't plough some of the money into a reliable taxi company where one can actually book a taxi when ramadam is on. At these times, the best you can hope for is a taxi may arrive within the hour. Pathetic![/p][/quote]Walk. melloj
  • Score: -1

10:23am Tue 12 Aug 14

Donkey Stone says...

pradagucci wrote:
Enemy of The State..... wrote:
Hah, sum people need to get a grip man ! After reading sum of them comments they should'nt even be allowed on this, he' s opening a rehab centre WELL DONE LAD! What the bloody hell has Ramadan gotta do wit people not getting TAXIS. Oh let me guess, I won't say the P word but all taxi drivers are Muslims , or they ? I've caught several metro taxis in my time and I'v had mixed drivers. I onced had a white English woman driver. Think sum people will just Neva be happy. Oh by da way, Watford 3 - 0 Bolton. Hahahahahahaha
Well......doing taxis is open to anyone. Just bcoz mainly Indians and Pakistanis opt to do it that's the town's problem, alot English people in Bolton see doing taxis as low, but these very same people will sign on and claim benefit left, right centre! What a joke!
So do the majority of Taxi drivers. Fact.
[quote][p][bold]pradagucci[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Enemy of The State.....[/bold] wrote: Hah, sum people need to get a grip man ! After reading sum of them comments they should'nt even be allowed on this, he' s opening a rehab centre WELL DONE LAD! What the bloody hell has Ramadan gotta do wit people not getting TAXIS. Oh let me guess, I won't say the P word but all taxi drivers are Muslims , or they ? I've caught several metro taxis in my time and I'v had mixed drivers. I onced had a white English woman driver. Think sum people will just Neva be happy. Oh by da way, Watford 3 - 0 Bolton. Hahahahahahaha[/p][/quote]Well......doing taxis is open to anyone. Just bcoz mainly Indians and Pakistanis opt to do it that's the town's problem, alot English people in Bolton see doing taxis as low, but these very same people will sign on and claim benefit left, right centre! What a joke![/p][/quote]So do the majority of Taxi drivers. Fact. Donkey Stone
  • Score: 0

11:02am Tue 12 Aug 14

woadtom says...

Very good thing he is doing, Now lets get back to his taxi company ::
I use Metro a lot,,, there drivers have tried several times to overcharge, not much.. 20pence here / 50pence there... but it mounts up when they overcharge 10 customers a day or say 20 customers... they are stealing from the customer,,, How many times have I got in a taxi (Private hire) and there is three seat belts in the back but only 2 clips for them to be fastened, and the drivers acts numb,,,, "No No" he says only 2 seat belts,,, or "only just got the car" "its not my car, i don't know" Well it's a bout time that if Mr Metro himself cares about his company, then he must put his foot down and make the rules and stick to them. Don't know the man, I'm proud he is going to invest some money into a serious cause ! But, Mr Astley READ THIS, and do something positive .
Very good thing he is doing, Now lets get back to his taxi company :: I use Metro a lot,,, there drivers have tried several times to overcharge, not much.. 20pence here / 50pence there... but it mounts up when they overcharge 10 customers a day or say 20 customers... they are stealing from the customer,,, How many times have I got in a taxi (Private hire) and there is three seat belts in the back but only 2 clips for them to be fastened, and the drivers acts numb,,,, "No No" he says only 2 seat belts,,, or "only just got the car" "its not my car, i don't know" Well it's a bout time that if Mr Metro himself cares about his company, then he must put his foot down and make the rules and stick to them. Don't know the man, I'm proud he is going to invest some money into a serious cause ! But, Mr Astley READ THIS, and do something positive . woadtom
  • Score: -53

12:07pm Tue 12 Aug 14

catsden says...

BIG ERN wrote:
A guy ia doing something great for the community and for individuals whose lives are ruined by addiction and all some folk can whine about are taxi's. Get a grip.
I agree with you BIG ERN, it is a change to read about someone doing good for a change, you are right some people do nothing but moan, get a life.
[quote][p][bold]BIG ERN[/bold] wrote: A guy ia doing something great for the community and for individuals whose lives are ruined by addiction and all some folk can whine about are taxi's. Get a grip.[/p][/quote]I agree with you BIG ERN, it is a change to read about someone doing good for a change, you are right some people do nothing but moan, get a life. catsden
  • Score: -57

12:52pm Tue 12 Aug 14

aardwolf says...

Thatissowrong wrote:
Top man. Can't believe the petty and abusive comments he's getting here: the posters should be ashamed of themselves.
Somewhat ironically I bet some of this lot are probably potential users of the new facility. 😃
No. He's a crook.
[quote][p][bold]Thatissowrong[/bold] wrote: Top man. Can't believe the petty and abusive comments he's getting here: the posters should be ashamed of themselves. Somewhat ironically I bet some of this lot are probably potential users of the new facility. 😃[/p][/quote]No. He's a crook. aardwolf
  • Score: 15

1:36pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Donkey Stone says...

aardwolf wrote:
Thatissowrong wrote:
Top man. Can't believe the petty and abusive comments he's getting here: the posters should be ashamed of themselves.
Somewhat ironically I bet some of this lot are probably potential users of the new facility. 😃
No. He's a crook.
What proof do you have?
[quote][p][bold]aardwolf[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Thatissowrong[/bold] wrote: Top man. Can't believe the petty and abusive comments he's getting here: the posters should be ashamed of themselves. Somewhat ironically I bet some of this lot are probably potential users of the new facility. 😃[/p][/quote]No. He's a crook.[/p][/quote]What proof do you have? Donkey Stone
  • Score: -40

2:54pm Tue 12 Aug 14

knowledgeiskey says...

Stop stop stop having a go at him about the taxi business which has nothing to do with this business venture. However while we are on the subject..my husband works for METRO. Nick has been nothing but fantastic. We had insurance problems,financial issues..he went out of his way to help and support. people are quick to forget the issues Private Hire suffer,: hoax calls,no-shows,drunk and disorderly,theft,vio
lence,muggings,ridic
ulous licencing charges.And he is still optimistic and "hands on" Well done Nick.. and a big thank you from wife of 463
Stop stop stop having a go at him about the taxi business which has nothing to do with this business venture. However while we are on the subject..my husband works for METRO. Nick has been nothing but fantastic. We had insurance problems,financial issues..he went out of his way to help and support. people are quick to forget the issues Private Hire suffer,: hoax calls,no-shows,drunk and disorderly,theft,vio lence,muggings,ridic ulous licencing charges.And he is still optimistic and "hands on" Well done Nick.. and a big thank you from wife of 463 knowledgeiskey
  • Score: -41

2:58pm Tue 12 Aug 14

ohiogirl says...

mumrahhhh wrote:
Well let's see for a man who cheated the tax man and then blamed his mum by sayin it was her bussiness and taxi prices sky high 400 drivers all paying him90 pound a week just to rent the machine that the operator gives jobs by also the rent if his taxi it self no wonder he as got Money greedy greedy greedy spring t mind .....
What ever the heck are you writing it is not English!
[quote][p][bold]mumrahhhh[/bold] wrote: Well let's see for a man who cheated the tax man and then blamed his mum by sayin it was her bussiness and taxi prices sky high 400 drivers all paying him90 pound a week just to rent the machine that the operator gives jobs by also the rent if his taxi it self no wonder he as got Money greedy greedy greedy spring t mind .....[/p][/quote]What ever the heck are you writing it is not English! ohiogirl
  • Score: 13

3:01pm Tue 12 Aug 14

ohiogirl says...

ohiogirl wrote:
mumrahhhh wrote:
Well let's see for a man who cheated the tax man and then blamed his mum by sayin it was her bussiness and taxi prices sky high 400 drivers all paying him90 pound a week just to rent the machine that the operator gives jobs by also the rent if his taxi it self no wonder he as got Money greedy greedy greedy spring t mind .....
What ever the heck are you writing it is not English!
hahaha, neither is my reply! I meant to say.' whatever the heck you are writing it is not in English! '
[quote][p][bold]ohiogirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mumrahhhh[/bold] wrote: Well let's see for a man who cheated the tax man and then blamed his mum by sayin it was her bussiness and taxi prices sky high 400 drivers all paying him90 pound a week just to rent the machine that the operator gives jobs by also the rent if his taxi it self no wonder he as got Money greedy greedy greedy spring t mind .....[/p][/quote]What ever the heck are you writing it is not English![/p][/quote]hahaha, neither is my reply! I meant to say.' whatever the heck you are writing it is not in English! ' ohiogirl
  • Score: -11

5:25pm Tue 12 Aug 14

The bluetooth. says...

Av been talking to a metro driver (asian) jus recently. From what he has told me that nick is the most caring and fairest guy around. He has done wonders for so many of the drivers. He does his utmost best to rectify everyday issues with the drivers. Problem is there is a number of drivers who dont appreciate how well nick is making the business run smoothly.these drivers are constantly in hatred of nick. These drivers have even threaten to walk away and open their own taxi base,but thankfully this thing has not come into exsistence. The bad mannered metro driver is the one who is anti nick. Some time ago he called a meeting at a bangueting place in bolton all on his expense to sort out any issues. These bad mannered drivers turnd the place upside down.
Av been talking to a metro driver (asian) jus recently. From what he has told me that nick is the most caring and fairest guy around. He has done wonders for so many of the drivers. He does his utmost best to rectify everyday issues with the drivers. Problem is there is a number of drivers who dont appreciate how well nick is making the business run smoothly.these drivers are constantly in hatred of nick. These drivers have even threaten to walk away and open their own taxi base,but thankfully this thing has not come into exsistence. The bad mannered metro driver is the one who is anti nick. Some time ago he called a meeting at a bangueting place in bolton all on his expense to sort out any issues. These bad mannered drivers turnd the place upside down. The bluetooth.
  • Score: -14

6:56pm Tue 12 Aug 14

mrs philainsy says...

swager123 wrote:
He wants to invest in proper drivers instead of most of the buffoons he as now !!
EXACTLY.........




How much do I owe you mate?

WHAT DO YOU NORMALLY PAY?

Two Quid!

NO, NO, ITS NOT 2 POUNDS FROM BOLTON TO MANCHESTER AIRPORT!

Well what did you ask for then?
[quote][p][bold]swager123[/bold] wrote: He wants to invest in proper drivers instead of most of the buffoons he as now !![/p][/quote]EXACTLY......... How much do I owe you mate? WHAT DO YOU NORMALLY PAY? Two Quid! NO, NO, ITS NOT 2 POUNDS FROM BOLTON TO MANCHESTER AIRPORT! Well what did you ask for then? mrs philainsy
  • Score: -8

7:35pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Gore Seer says...

Chatterbox 1 wrote:
Wasn't he prosecuted a few years ago for cheating the tax man out of thousands of pounds?
£70 Thousand Estimated Fiddle,
[quote][p][bold]Chatterbox 1[/bold] wrote: Wasn't he prosecuted a few years ago for cheating the tax man out of thousands of pounds?[/p][/quote]£70 Thousand Estimated Fiddle, Gore Seer
  • Score: -27

8:25pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Citizen Cane says...

artistpaint wrote:
Citizan pain.lol
Can't spell - must be a scrounger.
[quote][p][bold]artistpaint[/bold] wrote: Citizan pain.lol[/p][/quote]Can't spell - must be a scrounger. Citizen Cane
  • Score: 30

8:43pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Alison timms says...

This is typical
I am a business woman also
I know how it feels to be bad mouthed at the hands of others..
The guy is doing a good thing for others and all people can do is slate him!!
This article is on about the opening of his rehab centre Which is going to be benefit people who need expert help to sort there personal problems out..
People have turned this article in to a joke!
This is a good thing and people shouldn't be passing comment on a different business of which he owns.
Every one always seems to have plenty of negative things to say about others,
Maybe it's about time every one stops commenting on other people's life's and concentrated on there own..
People have mention Ramadan...
I have Asians friends and I knw that
Ramadan is the Asians very religious month and you will find that the vast majority of private hire and hackney carriages with in the bolton borough are Asian and all have a religion to follow.
Some taxi bases are not even open during the times wen they open and close there fasts...
I called for a taxi during these times due my car being off the road and i also got told of the wait.
They told me they could not gaurentee any times on any taxis..
I called other firms to see if they would be any quicker but 2 firms didn't answer there phones as they had shut and 1 Other firm told me the wait would be almost 2 hours...
Every one should understand all the above as every one is human...
Clearly this man has a few bad wishers who in my mind are jealous...
That's all....
This is typical I am a business woman also I know how it feels to be bad mouthed at the hands of others.. The guy is doing a good thing for others and all people can do is slate him!! This article is on about the opening of his rehab centre Which is going to be benefit people who need expert help to sort there personal problems out.. People have turned this article in to a joke! This is a good thing and people shouldn't be passing comment on a different business of which he owns. Every one always seems to have plenty of negative things to say about others, Maybe it's about time every one stops commenting on other people's life's and concentrated on there own.. People have mention Ramadan... I have Asians friends and I knw that Ramadan is the Asians very religious month and you will find that the vast majority of private hire and hackney carriages with in the bolton borough are Asian and all have a religion to follow. Some taxi bases are not even open during the times wen they open and close there fasts... I called for a taxi during these times due my car being off the road and i also got told of the wait. They told me they could not gaurentee any times on any taxis.. I called other firms to see if they would be any quicker but 2 firms didn't answer there phones as they had shut and 1 Other firm told me the wait would be almost 2 hours... Every one should understand all the above as every one is human... Clearly this man has a few bad wishers who in my mind are jealous... That's all.... Alison timms
  • Score: -27

1:27am Wed 13 Aug 14

Browny91 says...

Alison timms wrote:
This is typical
I am a business woman also
I know how it feels to be bad mouthed at the hands of others..
The guy is doing a good thing for others and all people can do is slate him!!
This article is on about the opening of his rehab centre Which is going to be benefit people who need expert help to sort there personal problems out..
People have turned this article in to a joke!
This is a good thing and people shouldn't be passing comment on a different business of which he owns.
Every one always seems to have plenty of negative things to say about others,
Maybe it's about time every one stops commenting on other people's life's and concentrated on there own..
People have mention Ramadan...
I have Asians friends and I knw that
Ramadan is the Asians very religious month and you will find that the vast majority of private hire and hackney carriages with in the bolton borough are Asian and all have a religion to follow.
Some taxi bases are not even open during the times wen they open and close there fasts...
I called for a taxi during these times due my car being off the road and i also got told of the wait.
They told me they could not gaurentee any times on any taxis..
I called other firms to see if they would be any quicker but 2 firms didn't answer there phones as they had shut and 1 Other firm told me the wait would be almost 2 hours...
Every one should understand all the above as every one is human...
Clearly this man has a few bad wishers who in my mind are jealous...
That's all....
A business woman who cannot spell.
[quote][p][bold]Alison timms[/bold] wrote: This is typical I am a business woman also I know how it feels to be bad mouthed at the hands of others.. The guy is doing a good thing for others and all people can do is slate him!! This article is on about the opening of his rehab centre Which is going to be benefit people who need expert help to sort there personal problems out.. People have turned this article in to a joke! This is a good thing and people shouldn't be passing comment on a different business of which he owns. Every one always seems to have plenty of negative things to say about others, Maybe it's about time every one stops commenting on other people's life's and concentrated on there own.. People have mention Ramadan... I have Asians friends and I knw that Ramadan is the Asians very religious month and you will find that the vast majority of private hire and hackney carriages with in the bolton borough are Asian and all have a religion to follow. Some taxi bases are not even open during the times wen they open and close there fasts... I called for a taxi during these times due my car being off the road and i also got told of the wait. They told me they could not gaurentee any times on any taxis.. I called other firms to see if they would be any quicker but 2 firms didn't answer there phones as they had shut and 1 Other firm told me the wait would be almost 2 hours... Every one should understand all the above as every one is human... Clearly this man has a few bad wishers who in my mind are jealous... That's all....[/p][/quote]A business woman who cannot spell. Browny91
  • Score: 24

6:40am Wed 13 Aug 14

breightmet kid says...

Well done, son.

Its a pity other people with pots of money cant be like minded.

This guy deserves huge success.
Well done, son. Its a pity other people with pots of money cant be like minded. This guy deserves huge success. breightmet kid
  • Score: -15

9:42pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Just Thought says...

He should have spent some of his money on some decent cars.

Then they could get rid of them 20 year old bangers that they drive around.

Oh and while he's at it he could hand out some copies of the highway code.
He should have spent some of his money on some decent cars. Then they could get rid of them 20 year old bangers that they drive around. Oh and while he's at it he could hand out some copies of the highway code. Just Thought
  • Score: 4

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