Thursday, 11 February 2016

Permission sought to demolish petrol station

DEMOLITION BID: Bateman’s  garage in Grange before it closedMILTON HAWORTH REF: 0324838

THERE has been no reprieve for Grange’s last petrol station.

South Lakeland District Council has received an application for the demolition of the sales office and petrol canopy.

The garage, adjoining Bateman’s Toyota on Station Square, closed its pumps at the end of March, when a contract with fuel giant Shell ran out.

Bateman’s Toyota yesterday declined to comment on whether the site would be used as a permanent extension of the car sales area, or sold off.

Since the closure of the pumps, the space has been used to showcase cars for sale.

To top-up their tank, drivers now face a ten-mile round-trip to the petrol station on the A590 at Greystones, or Newby Bridge.

Grange councillor Bill Wearing does not expect to see another petrol station come to Grange.

He said: “It’s a sad reflection of life that we’ve lost the facility which I think we would have a real job to get back.

“It probably impacts more on the people who are not using their vehicles as much as everybody else, such as the more elderly population.

“It compounds the thing on the section of the community who needed it the most.”


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