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Subway, Starbucks and new filling station scheme would create 40 jobs

Forty jobs could be created if plans for a major revamp of a Cockermouth service station are approved.

Oakhurst garage Cockermouth photo
The existing Oakhurst site

Euro Garages Ltd wants to flatten the Oakhurst filling station, off the A66 roundabout, and replace it with a 24-hour facility which would have a convenience store, Subway sandwich franchise, a ‘drive through’ Starbucks coffee shop as well as a fuel forecourt and cash machine.

The Blackburn-based company has bought 40 Esso garages, including the Cockermouth site.

Graham Cockbain, on behalf of Euro Garages Ltd, said that the service station would provide for the needs of workers on the neighbouring business park, as well as for passing motorists.

However, the news has not been welcomed by the chairman of Cockermouth Chamber of Trade, Jonty Chippendale, as he said it will “take away business from the town centre”.

“A convenience store of this scale on the outskirts of town is detrimental to the town centre,” he said. “The existing shop on the Oakhurst site is more than adequate.

“A development like that out of the town centre is contrary to the local plan.”

Mr Chippendale said that people could use the Oakhurst facilities, rather than go into the town centre where there are the same facilities, such as a convenience store, sandwich shop and a supermarket.

He also said that if the empty land which runs up to the roundabout is used to build on, it would have an impact on the “approach to the beautiful town”.

The planing application has been submitted to Allerdale Council. If it gets the go-ahead it would see the existing “outdated sales kiosk” demolished along with the forecourt, canopy and car wash.

Vacant land would be used to expand facilities, including the car yard which is currently behind the garage.

There would also be car parking spaces for 29 cars, as opposed to the three at the moment.

Euro Garages Ltd calls itself the “largest independent forecourt retailer in the UK,” operating 100 outlets.

But the most positive part of the application, is the amount of jobs that the service station would create. It is estimated to be 20 full-time and 20 part-time jobs. Three people are currently employed there.

The Oakhurst garage was previously run by the Benn family, which also own the town’s P&R Benn Filling Station which was destroyed by fire earlier this year.

Have your say

As a resident of Cockermouth I think it is about time we had this modern garage with its amenities. Nice to get a decent coffee and sandwich early in the morning. Welcome to the 21st Century Cockermouth

Posted by CoLiN on 21 October 2013 at 13:12

40 jobs? Who are they trying to fool? That's more than a small supermarket! I would say more like 10

Posted by Alan on 20 October 2013 at 09:06

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