Bridge Garage will re-open in February as an Esso filling stationThe Bridge Garage is being refurbished and re-signed and will re-open as an Esso filling station next month. Beyond that there is still some doubt about the changes to the whole site.
Esso - or Exxon Mobil - do not own filling stations badged as Esso. This filling station will not even be supplied with fuel directly by Esso or Exxon Mobil, but by Greenergy.
Greenergy is an international company: "As a Branded Wholesaler for Esso, we supply independently owned forecourts across the UK with Esso quality fuel." Greenergy do not own filling station sites.
Marlborough.news understands that the filling station part of the site has been sold or leased on a 10-15 year lease. But that the rest of the buildings - mainly Grade II listed - will still be re-developed, but that a new planning application will be made.
It is not clear who now owns either part of the site. Although the banner announcing Esso’s involvement carries the Tesco Clubcard logo, Tesco HQ has not yet confirmed to marlborough.news that they or their One-Stop shops are involved in the filling station.
A housing development on the site was given planning permission in May 2014 on an application from Alex Dean of Bridge Homes and Developments Ltd. The plans would have meant the closure of the filling station.
At the time town councillors welcomed those plans enthusiastically as they meant the dilapidated former auction rooms and showrooms that have become a major eyesore that meets drivers on their way into Marlborough from the east, would be re-developed.
No new planning application has yet been lodged concerning the filling station signage or for the rest of the site.
To add to the uncertainty about what is happening at the site, the Esso 'Fuel finder' says the Bridge Garage is already an Esso garage and is already open 24-hours a day.
But the post code it gives is wrong and the phone number is not recognised.