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offham petrol station

On 1 May 2012 at 5:40pm Sands wrote:
Does anyone know why offham petrol station has closed again. Driving past earlier it was totally gutted and pumps shut, yesterday tanker was there and a couple of vans working.
On 1 May 2012 at 6:57pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
I was going to ask that too. I wanted to fill up with diesel this morning but will have to go to wretched Tesco now.
On 1 May 2012 at 7:09pm A pike eyyy wrote:
cos they where selling red diesel and dodgey petrol ,, and even cheap fags and baccy ,, it was run by a travelling family ,,
On 1 May 2012 at 8:23pm 98 Ron wrote:
Think it's staff shortage
On 1 May 2012 at 8:44pm bongo wrote:
Problems with the pump mechanisms apparently.
On 1 May 2012 at 9:45pm Deelite wrote:
That's a United Petroleum garage too isn't it? United Petroleum has gone bust. Although the operation is being routed via another trading name the suppliers will only let them have about half the petrol they used to.
On 2 May 2012 at 1:23am Really wrote:
A pike eyyy wrote:
cos they where selling red diesel and dodgey petrol ,, and even cheap fags and baccy ,, it was run by a travelling family ,,
So all travelling people are crooks are they? Another constructive entry on this forum I see.
On 2 May 2012 at 8:06am Obvious wrote:
When did A Pike eyyy say that all travelling people crooks? All I could see were 2 facts being stated, that they were selling red diesel, dodgy petrol and cheap fags and baccy, and that they were a travelling family running it.
On 2 May 2012 at 9:24am Exactly wrote:
If he had said it was run by non-travellers, would it have meant that all non-travellers were crooks? No, of course not. Sounds like someone is getting offended on someone elses behalf again (or possibly someone has a guilty conscience)
On 2 May 2012 at 9:32am The Man wrote:
It's usually because they have a pointless existence that they have to feign offence on behalf of others, it massages their "Right on" crudentials with their equally "right on" yet generally pointless mates called Tristan, Jonty etc etc etc
On 2 May 2012 at 9:40am Exactly wrote:
Thought so....
On 2 May 2012 at 10:08am obvious wrote:
If as suggested above, the garage was being run by a traveller family, I guess it is probably closed, because they have gone travelling. Probably the only traveller family in the country who actually travel. Bit silly opening a static petrol station as a travelling family though, I would have thought!
On 2 May 2012 at 10:40am vipalb wrote:
I filles up there on Sunday evening and noticed the name on my receipt was 'Selmeston Filling Station'. I always thought the filling stations at Clayhill, Offham and Selemeston were the same company so has the filling station at Selemeston also run into problems?
On 2 May 2012 at 1:26pm Deelite wrote:
United Petroleum have gone bust for cryin' out loud. UP own Offham, Clay Hill, Ringmer, Selmeston/Polegate and a couple of others. They also do Oil Deliveries from Clay Hill. The owner Anthony is trying to keep the business running through another limited company but the suppliers will not let them have as much petrol as they let UP have so shortages and various other shenanigans are occurring.

A real shame that small independents like this have so much trouble making a go of it nowadays. If UP go we are left only with the very overpriced big-company garages on the A26 and A27. And Tescos.....
On 2 May 2012 at 7:26pm Peter Pan wrote:
The loss of small local and independent garages was, a result of the motorist greed, many activities that your local garage carried out, such as mending your kids bike, welding up your wheel barrow, servicing your motor mower,and selling petrol ,never ever did pay but was subsidised by the vehicle repairs, and the sale of tyres ,exhaust systems, batteries ,etc and your local garage valued you as a customer and would do what ever it could to retain you custom , but when Mr Exhaust and Mr Tyre breezed in to town and because of there tremendous buying power were able to offer there products a little bit cheaper, you all deserted your loyal local garage's in droves despite the loyalty and good service they had given you ,and proberly your parents as well over the years,.Now who gives you that quality, of service and who cares if your mower wont start,or little Jimmys bike needs Welding You all made the choice ,now you pay the price, Retired , Small Garage Owner
On 2 May 2012 at 7:33pm Sussex Jim wrote:
Offham has only been closed one day; yet time for some useless moron to graffiti the shutters.
On 2 May 2012 at 8:11pm tinkerbell wrote:
i totally agree with peter pans constructive comment . very well said .
On 2 May 2012 at 9:05pm Bonfire Boy wrote:
yesa well said peter pan to think all these little garages were little Gems as with the plumpton pitstop ,rodmell etc now bull dosed out of business by supermarket garages !
On 2 May 2012 at 9:23pm Deelite wrote:
Mr Pan.
You story is not just of garages but of retail outlets in general. It's not greed either. I'm afraid it's capitalism for short sighted morons (us).

I need a Honda C70 carb. Do you have one left over from your garage by any chance?
On 3 May 2012 at 11:26am Peter Pan wrote:
Hi Deelite
Still two Honda's left C90 C50 but both compleat and wont to keep them that way" sorry" Shed loads of C70 stuff on Flee Bay
On 3 May 2012 at 3:14pm Deelite wrote:
£50: almost as much as I paid for the go-kart!
Thanks anyway.
On 3 May 2012 at 6:55pm mo wrote:
I Own the petrol station United didn't sign the lease so moved out on Monday> I am trying to find new fuel supplier and re open as soon as possible as an independent. Will need some good honest locals to help run it then hopefully it stay open for a long time to come!
On 4 May 2012 at 10:14am Deelite wrote:
I'd use it if it did.

Good luck. If you want good honest locals try advertising in the Barcombe shop window (really).
On 4 May 2012 at 4:03pm SANDS wrote:
Good luck to you Mo.........can't wait for you to reopen.....gutted it's closed at the moment , I can't stand giving Tescos my money!
On 4 May 2012 at 5:12pm Driver wrote:
Go to Esso then.
On 4 May 2012 at 7:14pm Fairmeadow wrote:
After years and years of Tesco Lewes being 3p or 4p per litre more expensive than Tesco Eastbourne, last week they were the same price.
Has Lewes got cheaper or Eastbourne more expensive?
I'm sure Tesco means shark in some language I haven't yet encountered.
On 7 May 2012 at 9:41am Asda wrote:
Used the new station once - stank of cigarette smoke. Saw the guy smoking outside when passing later. Scarey!
Was in Newcastle the other day - Diesel was 5p a litre cheaper than down here. I fill up in Asda when I can as they're cheapest round here.
On 9 May 2012 at 2:48pm PLUMPTON LAD wrote:
mo - thanks for letting us know what is going on. It is my nearest petrol station so I would certainly carry on making use of it - as I have done since its last re-opening. Hope to see the shutters back up soon.

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