Highbridge's Asda store unveils plans for new cut-price petrol
have been formally submitted to build a new petrol station at
the entrance to Highbridge's Asda supermarket.
supermarket giant wants to build an eight-pump automated petrol
station at the entrance to its Caxton Road store.
planning application states that the facilities would see the
removal of 31 car parking spaces at the site to make room for
the station, which would be open seven days a week.
says the station would be unmanned most of the time, although
the station would have a 'forecourt greeter' 65 hours each week
to help customers at busier trading times.
firm explains: "The pumps will be fully automated and self-service
operated by means of customer credit card authorisation only;
there will be no cash sales."
method of forecourt operation is significantly more efficient
than 'pay at kiosk' and 'drive to pay' stations with much reduced
standing time on the forecourt, consequently accommodating higher
throughput with minimal queuing."
station would have four dual-sided dispensers, on four islands
set out in a 2 x 2 domino layout, with fuel hose delivery to both
sides of the dispenser, providing eight filling positions."
reduce the noise impact to local residents, Asda is planning restricted
opening hours of 7am-10pm Monday to Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sundays.
plans have this week been welcomed by motorists who hope that
the extra competition will drive down fuel costs across Burnham-On-Sea
several nearby residents have raised concerns about the plans.
Rachael Loud has written to Sedgemoor District Council, stating:
"I am against a petrol station at Asda. I have lived here
two years and already the noise is bad. It will be unsightly,
messy and noisy."
are already cars and motorbikes streaming around Asda car park
at all hours of the night, making it hard to sleep. I think a
petrol station will make this worse. The dangers of fuel are not
wanted in this area, nor is the mess, noise and smells."
District Council's planning department is welcoming feedback from
residents until June 28th during its consultation period. The
application number is 11/13/00060.
first featured the store's hopes to build a petrol station last
October, as reported
Above, the small car park at the entrance to the store where the
petrol station is proposed