Licence application points to new petrol site operator

Petrol station and shop at Cawledge.
Petrol station and shop at Cawledge.

Hopes are rising for a new operator taking on Alnwick’s second petrol station, which has been closed for more than a year.

Rontec Watford Ltd has submitted a premises application to Northumberland County Council for the sale of alcohol at Alnwick Service Station.

The company operates more than 200 forecourts across England and Wales, teaming up with Exxon Mobil to provide Esso-branded forecourts with Shop‘n’Drive convenience stores.

Among its other sites, it currently operates the Seaton Burn Service Station at the junction of the A1 and A19 in the south-east of the county.

A Rontec representative told the Gazette he could not say anything at the moment, while a spokesman for site owners, Northumberland Estates, said: “We are unable to comment at this time, but hope to be in a position to provide an update in the near future.”

Alnwick Motorway Services opened in June 2012, with motorists welcoming the competition a second filling station would bring, but it regularly ran out of fuel and in December that year, the Estates decided to terminate the lease.

The hunt for a new operator began, but in August this year, it was revealed that Morrisons had pulled out of a deal to take on the site.

l For reader reaction on a possible McDonald’s near to the petrol station at Cawledge, see Page 26.