Louth will finally welcome a third petrol station to the town as work now officially begins on site with a projected completion date of autumn.
Blakemore Property Ltd and Glade Garland Ltd are the applicants behind the £2.5 million project and confirmed to the Leader that work on their site on the Fairfield Industrial Estate has begun.
Property development director for Blakemore Property Ltd, Alastair Haigh said: “I can confirm that work to build a third petrol station in Louth has now begun with completion of the fuel forecourt and Spar convenience store expected in autumn 2014.”
Plans to build the petrol station were approved by East Lindsey District Council in December 2010, but little had been heard since. But the finished project could see as many as 40 job opportunities become available in either full or part-time work.
Mr Haigh added: “We are delighted to have now commenced work on site; this new development signifies a substantial investment by our company and will provide 40 new jobs and improved fuel facilities for the town.”
Initial plans for the petrol station to be headed up by BP has now changed and negotiations are still open as to which major fuel brand it will be.
The plans also made way for additional amenities such as a hotel and a pub with a restaurant and car park, but they were postponed due to the economic climate.
Mr Haigh also said: “We are hopeful that this project will be a catalyst for other commercial occupiers to take space within the two remaining development phases on site.
“With regard to the Spar shop; this will be a modern forecourt convenience store where customers purchase their fuel at the checkout - there will be no separate sales kiosk for fuel sales and there will be a mixture of approximately 40 full and part-time staff employed within the store.”
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