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Do we need another petrol station?
This was the question being asked at a public consultation event on 14th February by consultants appointed by BP Oil UK Ltd who want to open a petrol station on the field adjacent to Sands Hall roundabout (A689/A177 roundabout at the end of Station Road, opposite the junction with Racecourse Road).

The site would include 10 petrol pumps and 2 rapid electric vehicle charging points plus an HGV refuelling pump. In addition there would be an M&S Simply Food store (190m2, carrying approximately 1000 product lines) and a Wild Bean Café (60m2) which would have limited seating. Outside there would be 37 car parking spaces but no lorry parking.

BP would like to operate 24/7 but as it is near to residential properties this may have to be reduced to 6am - 10pm. The access into the site would be from A177/Station Road but there would be no right turn into it, so anyone driving to the site from Station Road or Racecourse Road would have to go round the roundabout and back onto Station Road. The exit is straight onto the A689 near to the roundabout. A footpath would need to be created so that people could walk to the shop from Station Road.

BP and M&S have developed over 280 of this type of site across the UK and have a business model to select sites based on traffic levels and population. However it is not clear whether this takes into account the number of petrol stations in the vicinity, of which there are 4. The site will provide 19 direct jobs, plus 55 temporary jobs during the construction phase.

Attendees at the consultation event raised concerns about noise levels, light pollution, increased traffic and congestion especially at peak times, road safety issues and the impact on what is currently a green and pleasant entrance to the village. There was also disappointment for some that it wasn’t an M&S Food Hall, just a small M&S retail outlet for ‘top up’ shopping.

A planning application will be submitted in the summer when local people will be able to make their comments for and against the proposals. SD
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Head off to the diary for all the latest dates for: Veterans Coffee Morning, U3A, Drop in Surgeries, New Generation Church, Methodist Wives & Friends, Local History Society, Sedgefield T Dance, Sedgefield WI, Sedgefield Country Market, Cricket Club Quiz, Ladies Club, Sew Easy, Sedgefield Neighbourhood Watch Meeting, Live Music Night at Sedgefield Cricket Club, Sedgefield Family History Group, Sedgefield Memory Café, Bradbury and Mordon Ladies Circle and more...
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The next Sedgefield Energy Switch auction period key dates are:

  • 4th December 2018-Registration Opens
  • 11th February 2019-Registration Closes
  • 12th February 2019-Day of Auction
  • 25th February 2019 -Offers issue start date
  • 26th March 2019 -Offer acceptance closure
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The market is held from 8.30am to 12.30pm on the village green. A FREE community stall, music tent & health bus are available throughout the year. The free stall is available to clubs and societies for promotion or fundraising. To take advantage of this fantastic opportunity call Roger Clubley: 01740 620609, email farmersmarket@sedgefieldweb.co.uk.


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Homework Help continues, and there is room for more students as well as more helpers! We are also looking to set up sessions in Fishburn. If you would like to volunteer, or to request help with homework or careers guidance, email: homeworkhelpsedgefield@gmail.com or find us on Facebook.


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English, Maths, Sciences (physics, chemistry, biology), French, German, Spanish, History, Politics, Careers guidance, Help preparing university applications and interviews & Essay writing

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The next tree pack from Woodland Trust will be delivered 20/21st March. Hopefully we will be planting 23rd/24th March. Can you help?
Please contact sdtwwcontact@gmail.com for more details.
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