Motorists in Chandlers Ford have had to find an alternative place to purchase fuel since the Shell garage on the Bournemouth Road near The Fryern Arcade closed down last summer.
A sign was put up on the front of the security fencing saying that the garage would reopen in January 2012. In early December the sign was replaced with another saying that the garage is now due to reopen in June 2012.
The overhead canopy was demolished prior to the concrete forecourt being dug up and removed. The diggers then went in to remove what can only be described as a huge amount of earth.
A spokesman for the company undertakeing the work said that the old fuel tanks had to be removed as well as a lot of disused equipment that was left over from a time when the garage actually did repair work. Before the new fuel tanks can be installed, excavations down to 5.5 metres or approximately 18 foot have to be undertaken.
The work involves preparing the ground to the satisfaction of the authorities responsible for Building Regulations and Environmental Regulations. The new double skinned tanks that replace the old single skin tanks cannot be installed before the preliminary work of pouring the concrete base and walls have been completed.
Once the concrete well has been finished, covers have to be put in place prior to inspection. The wait for the inspection means that not only can the tanks not be installed, but the finished surface of the forecourt cannot be undertaken along with the new canopy.
Who would have thought that refurbishing a garage would have taken so long?
Meanwhile residents will continue to travel either to Twyford Road or ASDA at the far end of town to purchase fuel locally.