With the death of the petrol station in Central London, why is Westminster City Council insisting to keeping them particularly when residents around them do not want them?
It s not just been an issue in Dorset House above the old petrol station on the corner of Gloucester Place & Marylebone Rd, NW1 but also has been one on new development proposals like that along Cleveland St & Clipstone Mews to the residents of Holcroft Court resident. Incredibly in the later the Council insisted on a petrol station being part of this development in the planning brief and in the former residents had fire disaster fears over the petrol station.
The one that appears to actually being built out is along the Edgware Rd in the new Lyons Place development. Now on part of the site there was a petrol station and garage which lied empty for many years but losing one would not be any loss as we have two nearby, including one virtually across the other side of the Edgware Rd and the other on the junction of Sutherland Avenue & Maida Vale a Tesco 24 hour supermarket with a petrol station.
This is even more galling as car ownership has been dropping in Central London wards dramatically since the beginning of the century and the rise of electric cars requires a different type of infrastructure altogether with more demand for plug-in points in London. Can we not expect the council to acknowledge the concerns of residents when retaining petrol stations and move with the times with a presumption against anymore petrol stations remaining in City of Westminster with vehicle moving away from petrol.