From napkin to wash leather

Story and photo by Graham Jones

In our June 2017 Issue we reported that planning permission had been granted by the council to rebuild the old Murco service station on Spital Hill as a restaurant and bakery as designed by G9 Design Architects.

Readers will have recently noticed that this site has now become another car wash. Planning permission for this was granted in June 2017 but it is strictly on the understanding that this building serves this purpose for a maximum of three years. There are concerns that having a car wash will increase congestion to what is already a bottleneck for traffic, including frequent buses and emergency ambulances. Previous planning applications have included proposals for a taxi office and a fish and chip shop. Hopefully the postponed plans for a restaurant, takeaway and bakery will be realised in the future.