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Work restarts on Shell petrol station in Sawbridgeworth with hopes of reopening by the end of 2021




Work on a revamp for the last remaining petrol station in Sawbridgeworth was due to resume this week after a delay caused by contamination issues.

The Shell fuel stop in London Road closed at the start of 2019, but work on its refurbishment, due to include a Little Waitrose shop, was halted.

An environmental survey was ordered and work could not begin before the discharge of a contamination condition. In May this year, Shell told the Indie it was waiting for East Herts Council to do that.

The Shell petrol station in London Road before it was closed at the start of 2019 for refurbishment. Picture: Vikki Lince
The Shell petrol station in London Road before it was closed at the start of 2019 for refurbishment. Picture: Vikki Lince

Last week a Shell spokesman confirmed work would restart. "Construction is scheduled to start next week and we hope to be open by year end," he said.

East Herts Council said the contamination condition had been "partially discharged on May 25".

A spokesperson said: "It has been partially discharged in line with comments by the Environment Agency and the council’s environmental health team.

"A validation report is required to be submitted within three months of the completion to fully discharge the condition. Until the applicant starts works and submits the final site validation report, there is no further action for the council to take."



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