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Shell petrol station in Sawbridgeworth: Company fuels hopes of it reopening in early 2021 after two-year closure




A new date has been put forward for the reopening of a Shell petrol station after a saga that has seen more than 18 months of delays.

The garage, in London Road, Sawbridgeworth, was closed at the beginning of 2019 for refurbishment, with plans for a Little Waitrose on the site.

A proposed reopening date of September that year came and went, leaving some locals fearing the site would be sold for housing.

Shell petrol station in Sawbridgeworth has been closed for more than 18 months. Picture: Vikki Lince (42218659)
Shell petrol station in Sawbridgeworth has been closed for more than 18 months. Picture: Vikki Lince (42218659)

Then in January this year a Shell spokesman did not reveal the reasons for the delays but said the petrol station would not reopen before the summer – at the earliest.

Now, after an inquiry from town councillor David Royle, Shell “confirmed” that the work is due to be completed by early 2021, but with a caveat that it would “be subject to change depending on the environmental survey being conducted in the area”.

The continuing delays, with no apparent reason, have led to the petrol station being the subject of debate and ridicule on the Sawbridgeworth Facebook group.

Cllr Royle said: “Shell/its agents have shown a remarkable lack of interest in keeping people informed, and in the absence of updates speculation grows, as they must know.”



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