Kenilworth councillors against all night petrol at Shell

FEAR of increased noise and antisocial behaviour has caused a number of Kenilworth homeowners to object to Shell petrol station’s new plans.

Owners of the filling station in Warwick Road have applied to Warwick District Council to remove a condition from a previous planning application to allow them to trade 24 hours a day.

Kenilworth Town Council strongly objected to this at a meeting last night, on the grounds that the station is in a designated residential area and 24-hour trading would create a serious loss of amenity.

Members added that this would also be unneighbourly because it could cause an increase in noise and light pollution for Clarkes Avenue and could act as a “magnet for antisocial behaviour”.

Derrick Ward, who lives in Clarkes Avenue, said: “The main road through Kenilworth does not warrant a 24-hour service station. The A46 Warwick by-pass is a 24-hour service and the A452 North of Kenilworth at Balsall Common is also 24 hours. I strongly recommend that this proposal be rejected.”

However Neal O’nions, who lives in Warwick Road, thinks the proposal is a good idea.

He said: “I leave for work at 6.30am and garages in Kenilworth are not open then. I’d use the station more if it was open.

“It used to be 24 hours before the rebuild and never seemed to be a problem, in fact it was very convenient. It will also create jobs.”

Shell’s agent Peter Edgar, of CB Richard Ellis, said the noise impact assessment of the site shows that allowing 24-hour operation of the station would not result in a detrimental impact on the amenity of the surrounding properties.

He added that evidence also showed the 24-hour opening would not have any adverse impacts on traffic generation in the area and that a petition signed by 1,000 customers clearly showed community support for Shell’s plans.

A decision on the application is expected next month.