Petrol station rumours denied

Rumours that Morrisons is taking on Alnwick’s second petrol station have been quashed.

It has been reported on Facebook that the supermarket giant is to take on the vacant site at Cawledge, which closed at the end of last year.

But a spokesman for Northumberland Estates, the site’s owner, told the Gazette today: “We are in discussions with a number of potential operators, but nothing is confirmed yet.”

In December, the Gazette reported that the town’s petrol station at Cawledge, which had opened last summer, was to close following weeks without fuel and rumours of the staff being made redundant.

It brought to an end a six-month saga in which the service station, which it had been hoped would provide competition to the existing Co-op-run forecourt, was often without petrol, causing frustration among residents.

And last month, the Estates reported that legal proceedings with the original operator had been concluded and they were ‘pleased to confirm that we have had positive discussions with established parties’.