A FORMER petrol station at the heart of Haddington could be transformed into a car wash.

A traffic management report has been submitted to East Lothian Council in support of Abdullah Abboud’s plans for the site at the junction of Hardgate, Victoria Terrace and Market Street.

The petrol station has been shut for more than a decade but a document has been submitted to “assess the potential impact” of the development on the traffic flow.

It reads: “The intended conversion aims to meet the growing demand for car wash services in the area while repurposing an underutilised property”.

Drawings included with the application show a one-way system with vehicles entering from Hardgate and leaving on to Victoria Terrace.

The key findings of the traffic impact assessment suggest that the development was “not expected to generate a significant increase in traffic volumes”.

It is not the first occasion that the site has been earmarked for a car wash.

A bid for a foam car wash, from a different applicant, 15 years ago was submitted to East Lothian Council but later withdrawn.

Before it became a garage, the site was destroyed on March 3, 1941, when it was hit by a bomb dropped from a German plane returning from the blitz of Clydebank.

A decision is expected on the new proposals by the middle of July.