Shell petrol station in Sawbridgeworth set to reopen in the summer
Sawbridgeworth’s only petrol station will reopen in the summer – at the earliest – according to a Shell spokesman.
The garage in London Road was closed early last year for refurbishment and was due to reopen in September, along with a Little Waitrose.
Delays, reported to be due to contamination, have meant the station is still closed, leading to much speculation among residents, with one suggestion being that the site could be given over to housing.
Town councillor David Royle, who elicited the latest date from Shell, criticised the multinational oil and gas giant for failing to keep the town updated on the progress of the new facility.
“Many Sawbridgeworth residents have been curious about and asking about when and if the Shell station will reopen and with or without a Waitrose outlet,” said Cllr Royle.
“It has been extraordinarily difficult to get information from Shell and they have chosen not to be proactive in sharing updates, for example, with the town council or via notices at the site.
“As ever, the lack of information leads to speculation. We just hope that the inconvenience of not having a local petrol station will soon be over.”
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