A FUEL depot could be placed near to the Isle of Wight College's CECAMM Centre on the main road in and out of East Cowes, in Whippingham.

Plans have been submitted to the Isle of Wight Council by Certas Energy to install three 125,000-litre fuel tanks, an office building, switch room, external lighting, fencing and parking at the Island Technology Park on Whipppingham Road.

The energy company had been using an area behind the former York Avenue Garage in East Cowes, on a temporary basis, as a truck stop before it found a new permanent site on the Island.

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The owner of the York Avenue site, the Sixers Group, said back in January that areas of the former garage have been converted to accommodate new businesses and confirmed the yard area was leased to Certas.

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Following concerns from local residents, an Isle of Wight Council spokesperson said in January, the planning authority was investigating as it had received an enforcement complaint.

Proposals submitted through planning agents, Trident Engineering Consultants, say loading and unloading operations will take place at the Whippingham Road site — LGVs will load the fuel and HGVs will unload in the tankers.

Isle of Wight County Press: Plans for the site. Picture: Trident Engineering Consultants.Plans for the site. Picture: Trident Engineering Consultants.

Up to five HGV parking spaces will be installed on the plot directly behind the CECAMM science and technology centre, along with space for staff and visitor car parking.

Last year, it was announced the other fuel suppliers on the Island, Isle of Wight Fuels would close with job losses and for some residents and businesses their fuel supply.

Apart from CECAMM, all remaining plots at the Island Technology Centre have been empty since it was built.

To view, or comment on, the proposals, 21/00279/FUL, go to the council's planning register.

Comments will be accepted until April 13.