Petrol station hope as fuel cost soars

A PETROL station could be included into controversial plans for a supermarket in a North Yorkshire market town to help to counter the soaring price of fuel in rural communities.

Developers from GMI Holbeck Land who are looking to transform the Wentworth Street car park site in Malton confirmed yesterday that they are now planning to incorporate a list of suggestions from the public.

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The blueprints could now include the petrol station as well as improved access to the supermarket, wider parking spaces, extra landscaping and public art displays. The public also expressed hopes that there will be a display area for some of Malton’s museum artefacts as well as the launch of an audio trail to highlight the town’s heritage and culture.

More consultation events are planned on Friday and Saturday at the Stanley Harrison House in neighbouring Norton. The Yorkshire Post revealed last month that GMI had launched the consultations to dispel “misinformation” surrounding the plans.

Business leaders had expressed fears that the arrival of a new food store will erode trade for the existing shops, as well as taking away valuable car parking space.