Shell site for sale

John Finney and councillor Ralph Snape.
John Finney and councillor Ralph Snape.
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A FORMER garage site that turned into an eyesore is now up for sale.

The corner plot of land that was once the busy Shell petrol station on Preston Road, Chorley, has been at the centre of complaints for years.

Now residents hope the prominent Shell-owned site - on the A6 just outside the town centre - will be redeveloped as soon as possible.

Ward councillor Ralph Snape, who has campaigned for its transformation, said: “The people have lived with this all this time. It’s been an insult to people. The number of times we have got onto Shell to get it cleaned up . . .”

The site has attracted litter and had bricks, bottles and cans thrown onto it since the garage disappeared about eight years ago.

Businessman John Finney, 79, owner of the long-established Preston Road Carpets shop directly next to the site, said; “How can you have people coming in and buying carpets when you’ve got this facing you? When people are coming into Chorley and driving past and seeing this, they are saying, ‘what are we coming to?’

“I want them to get it cleaned up and tidied up and do something with it. I would like to see some houses, or other use - a food store, or something like that.

“When it is sold it will come to an end. Whoever buys it will build on it, but how long will it be before it’s done?”

A Shell spokesman said: “Shell is reviewing options for the site’s future, including a potential sale of the land.

“We have appointed CBRE as agents and all enquires related to the purchase or maintenance of the site should be directed to CBRE. Shell has no plans to redevelop the site into a fuel station.”