A NEW petrol station is one of the top priorities for Cheadle in what will be an exciting year for the town Staffordshire Moorlands District Council leader councillor Sybil Ralphs said last week.
The issue of an additional petrol station for the town was highlighted at a full meeting of the district council. In a question and answer session at last week's meeting, councillor Ron Locker, said: "On May 3 2012 this council agreed to support a notice of motion for the regeneration team to seek to find land to enable one of our supermarkets to install a petrol station to enable the residents of Cheadle and district to purchase fuel at more competitive prices and to take part in the promotions that are provided by supermarkets.
"The need has never been greater, so could this council be brought up to speed as to where we are at with this very important request."
Council leader councillor Sybil Ralphs, who also has the responsibility of regeneration on the authority, said the county council was working with the district council on plans for the town. She said: "I agree with councillor Locker. There is a lot happening in Cheadle and there is more to happen as we draw the threads together. This is an important issue and will take priority in plans being put together for Cheadle as part of the town's Master Plan. Next year will be an exciting year for the town."
Councillor Locker added: "The residents of Cheadle have one petrol station. I feel the town is being penalised. We are losing out as people go to other supermarkets. This matter needs to be dealt with as a matter of urgency to help people of our town."
Cheadle mayor Ian Plant said this week that the town did need another petrol station to make it more competitive.
He said: "If a new petrol station was built it would entice more people into the town for shopping which would help businesses. Also it would helped to stop people going to city supermarkets to shop and fill up with petrol at the same time.
"It is all about finding the right site as when supermarkets come in to towns they usually have a petrol station. The bottom half of the Well Street Car Park has been looked at. I feel that we could possibly afford to lose some of this area."