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Delayed refurbishment of Shell petrol station in Sawbridgeworth waiting for East Herts Council go-ahead




Refurbishment of Sawbridgeworth’s Shell petrol station – the town's only fuel stop – will begin again as soon as East Herts Council (EHC) discharges a contamination condition.

A spokesman for the oil and gas giant contacted the Stortford Indie to outline the reasons for the latest delay to the revamp of the station, which has been closed for two years.

He said: “Shell is currently awaiting a response from EHC, who are responsible for providing formal discharge of the pre-commencement contamination condition associated with the [planning] application for the redevelopment of the site.

Work appeared to be restarting on the Shell petrol station site last month, but it is awaiting discharge of a contamination condition by East Herts Council. Pic: Vikki Lince. (47301770)
Work appeared to be restarting on the Shell petrol station site last month, but it is awaiting discharge of a contamination condition by East Herts Council. Pic: Vikki Lince. (47301770)

“Once that is received, we can commence construction of the Shell petrol station and Little Waitrose shop, which will provide quality fuels, groceries and services to the local community.

“We estimate construction will take approximately six months from discharge of the condition by EHC.”

The petrol station, the last remaining one in the town, was closed early in 2019 and has been the subject of much debate among residents.

Shell petrol station, London Road before it was closed in 2019. Pic: Vikki Lince. (47301613)
Shell petrol station, London Road before it was closed in 2019. Pic: Vikki Lince. (47301613)

Last month residents saw portable buildings being moved onto the site and believed the work might restart.

The delay was caused by contamination, but earlier this year the Environment Agency recommended discharge of the pre-commencement condition.



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