Darfield to get new service station
by Mike Isle
Selwyn District Council and fuel supplier NPD have confirmed plans for a service station to be developed on land adjacent to the Darfield Library and Service Centre.
Resource and building consents have been granted for the redevelopment of the council-owned site on South Terrace/SH73, formerly occupied by the offices of Sicon Ltd.
NPD chief executive Barry Sheridan said Darfield was chosen as a strategic location to support the local farming and agricultural community with an affordable fuel option.
“Our Self-Serve model functions with lower operational and capital overheads. We offer instant savings to motorists without the need for loyalty cards or supermarket dockets. Everyone is welcome, and we’ll accept EFTPOS, Visa and Mastercard at the payment terminals.”
Council property and commercial manager Douglas Marshall said there might be some disruption and inconvenience during construction. “We are committed to working with the contractors and the library community to minimise inconvenience,” he said.
“At the same time, we see the development as positive for the economy and community of Darfield, as well as visitors to the township.”
Selwyn District Council retains ownership of the land and will lease the site to NPD. The development will be undertaken and funded by NPD.
Construction is expected to start in the next few weeks, and it is hoped the facility will be operating by the end of 2019.