Poll: Cromer’s BP garage is gone - but will it be missed?

Demolition progresses at the site of a planned Lidl store in Cromer.

Demolition progresses at the site of a planned Lidl store in Cromer. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY


This is the eerie scene at the site of a former filling station, which is set to become the home of a cut-price supermarket.

Seven months after it closed for business, the BP station on Holt Road in Cromer has finally been demolished - paving the way for Lidl to be built.

Contractors will now turn their attention to knocking down the former Spar shop and Subway takeaway.

The long pause between closure and demolition saw concerns voiced locally about whether the plan for a 1,063m sq Lidl, plus a 74m sq Subway and 66 car parking spaces had been held up.

But construction is expected to start on the site in November, with Lidl and Subway scheduled to open in late spring 2013.

The closure of the BP filling station left Cromer with two others - Morrisons and East Coast Motors on Beach Road.

The move led to concerns about queues at the Morrisons filling station on Prince of Wales Road.


  • Well, Sayitasitis, not totally with you on this one,as the elderly need to travel. But in one respect I'm with you. As I try to get about on business I com across some very dodgy 80+ yea olds driving tractors and diggers and they are a menace.

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    Monday, October 1, 2012

  • See i totally agree, morisons is the one i normally use, but its a pain in the bum where it is. This was much easier to get to and was on the way in or out for me. As for plenty of petrol stations, there are but a lot have very limited opening hours and as such you have to be aware at all times how much fuel you have and where you are..

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    Friday, September 28, 2012

  • I don't know or care what others say but I miss it. I used it regularly since it was first built and always found it convenient and quick. Morrisons is in the wrong place and is difficult to access especially in the summer when traffic builds up queeing to use it. Whilst Morrisons is probably the only petrol station Cromer needs all year round it isn't in the right place which is a real pity!

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    Douglas McCoy

    Friday, September 28, 2012

  • Competition keeps prices competitive. Morrisons is difficult to access so a lot of people don't bother using it. I noticed Murco put prices up as soon as BP shut - coincidence? BP closed because it was apparently 'not profitable', but I suspect the real reason was because selling the site to Lidl was rather more lucrative.

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    Friday, September 28, 2012

  • As to the cost of fuel, it really is much too cheap, all over UK. I'd quadruple the cost to keep all these old b*ggers off the road and endlessly doing 38Mph all the way to and from Norwich, or, indeed, anywhere else!!!!!!!

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    Sunday, September 30, 2012

  • It was always expensive. Murco at Aylmerton is only 2 miles up the road. Sheringham has Esso. North Walsham has Sainsburys (at least)

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    Lord Elf

    Friday, September 28, 2012

  • I wonder whether the 77% that voted no have actually done the geography of petrol stations in north Norfolk? There are plenty. What they are probably thinking is 'Is petrol cheap enough in north Norfolk?'.

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    Gary Dickenson

    Friday, September 28, 2012

  • I miss the petrol station, it was a lot more convienient for me. It took me over 12 an hour the other day to even get to the pumps at the morrison's garage. Summer's a nightmare & the queues are ridiculous, causing mayhem on the road.

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    Saturday, September 29, 2012

  • I buy my petrol and diesel in Tesco or Asda in Norwich. Much cheaper and Clubcard Points too.

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    Wandering Crab

    Friday, September 28, 2012

  • Well, in this instance...wait for it...I have to totally agree with Douglas McCoy. It was convenient and always service with a smile. I'd like to bet if Morrison's Petrol Station wasn't there and someone applied for planning permission on that site it would be refused. The queues at times are a danger on that sharp bend

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    Friday, September 28, 2012

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