Further upheaval at petrol station

Petrol has returned to a much-criticised filling station, but staff have been made redundant, the Gazette understands.

The Gazette has been told that staff who work at Alnwick Motorway Services at Cawledge were called into a meeting on Tuesday morning and informed that they had been made redundant.

Attempts to contact Paul Abbott, director of Northumberland Fuel Services Ltd, which runs the site, were unsuccessful.

As of yesterday morning, the petrol station was open and staffed and unleaded fuel was available on the forecourt.

The property is leased to Mr Abbott by Northumberland Estates, who built the site, and a spokeswoman said that they are in discussions with him.

She added that the Estates’ long-term goal is to keep the petrol station open and running as a facility for Alnwick.

Earlier this month, the Gazette reported on residents’ frustration after the station had been out of fuel for a number of weeks. At the time, Mr Abbott said that the filling station was ‘going through a transitional period’ and that fuel would be back in the near future.