Neighbourhood petrol station to become car wash

Total fuel station Mill Lane Hebburn
Total fuel station Mill Lane Hebburn

A PETROL station in South Tyneside is to be all washed up after a conversion plan was approved.

The council’s planning committee has granted an application for the change of use of Hebburn’s Mill Lane Service Station into a hand car wash.

Members were told in a report that the change of use would “help secure the financial viability of the site and provide employment opportunities”.

The work will also require the closure of the existing service station shop and its conversion into a waiting area for customers and for the sale of car cleaning-related products.

But the news has not gone down so well with some of the residents living in nearby College Road and Finchale Road.

They had raised objections over the loss of the shop, noise from jet washers and disturbance from cars coming and going.

One of the objectors, who did not wish to be named, said: “There are a lot of elderly people here who don’t want to deal with potential noise from the jet washers, vacuum cleaners and generators and who find the existing shop very convenient. We’re disappointed.”

But committee members were told noise reduction measures will be necessary “in order to bring noise levels associated with the proposed use down to within reach of existing conditions.

“Provided these noise reduction measures are put in place, while the nature of the noise may be slightly different to that currently existing on site, it will not differ dramatically from that normally experienced on a garage forecourt.”