Fuel price cut plan for Yorkshire Dales town

FUEL REBATE: Hawes (pictured by Mike Kipling)

FUEL REBATE: Hawes (pictured by Mike Kipling)

First published in News The Northern Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Regional Chief Reporter

THE price of fuel in a Yorkshire Dales town could fall sharply after it was selected to take part in an extension of the rural fuel rebate scheme – although other remote areas of the region are set to miss out.

Ten towns - including Hawes in Wensleydale – have been chosen by the Treasury to be put forward for a five pence per litre discount on petrol and diesel.

The European Commission (EC) will now decide whether to extend the rebate scheme already in place in isolated communities in the Isles of Scilly and Scottish islands.

Hawes’ only filling station, Dale Head Garage, is currently selling petrol for 141.9p per litre and diesel for 146.9p.

Owner Ian Bown said he was delighted he could be be allowed to claim back the five pence per litre, admitting residents and businesses in the area had to “pay through the nose” for their fuel.

“It would be extremely beneficial to the local economy.

"At the moment we have such a small turnover that we have to charge a large margin to ensure the business is viable.

“If we got this rebate it might mean my turnover increased and we could knock 6p off rather than just 5p.”

Upper Dales county councillor John Blackie said the price cut would make life more affordable in the area and ensure the town had a sustainable fuel supply.

“It’s wonderful news. For a town like Hawes which is so rural we are increasingly finding that services that the local residents have to access from time to time are moving further and further away.

“The only way people can access these services is by car.”

While Hawes could get cheaper fuel, campaigners had hoped for other areas of the region to be selected for the scheme including remote communities elsewhere in North Yorkshire and in Northumberland.

Announcing the planned extension of the scheme, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander said the the towns were judged to have met strict criteria, including exhibiting fuel pricing characteristics similar to the islands already eligible for the discount.

The other areas which could see fuel duty cut include Kirkby-in-Furness, in Cumbria, and Lynton, in Devon, as well as seven Scottish towns.

A decision is expected by the EC next year.

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9:26am Fri 18 Oct 13

elmo33 says...

BROKEN BRITISH POLITICS-WE HAVE NO CHOICE LABOUR OR TORIES
Having just watched channel 4 News the British Gas Price hike of 9% was being discussed between Greg Blake Tory and Caroline Flint Labour ,with Jon Snow as interviewer with some straight dialogue from him .Unfortunately all the MP’s did was skirt the issue and waffled their usual BS.
The little that was gleaned is that Labour cannot freeze the Market and Tories are happy that we have options to swop supplier .Snow having asked Flint if she would refer British Gas to the Monopolies Commission dodged the question three times and moved on.
Camerons reaction was “I am Disappointed” slightly less aggrieved than us then .
What wasn’t discussed is that Energy is bought years in advance.The new energy Deal we are doing with China to build a New Nuclear Power Station will in affect cost far more because China will want profits from it and our Government their share.It’s totally ingnoring fairness on the Public.
It is Abundantly Clear we the Public do not enter the equation– what’s more important it seems is who gets on the 2015 Gravy Train.BSB
http://brokenbritish
politics.simplesite.
com
BROKEN BRITISH POLITICS-WE HAVE NO CHOICE LABOUR OR TORIES Having just watched channel 4 News the British Gas Price hike of 9% was being discussed between Greg Blake Tory and Caroline Flint Labour ,with Jon Snow as interviewer with some straight dialogue from him .Unfortunately all the MP’s did was skirt the issue and waffled their usual BS. The little that was gleaned is that Labour cannot freeze the Market and Tories are happy that we have options to swop supplier .Snow having asked Flint if she would refer British Gas to the Monopolies Commission dodged the question three times and moved on. Camerons reaction was “I am Disappointed” slightly less aggrieved than us then . What wasn’t discussed is that Energy is bought years in advance.The new energy Deal we are doing with China to build a New Nuclear Power Station will in affect cost far more because China will want profits from it and our Government their share.It’s totally ingnoring fairness on the Public. It is Abundantly Clear we the Public do not enter the equation– what’s more important it seems is who gets on the 2015 Gravy Train.BSB http://brokenbritish politics.simplesite. com elmo33
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10:57pm Fri 18 Oct 13

Jolly Roger says...

Why just Hawes, what about upper Weardale prices are just as high up there.
Why just Hawes, what about upper Weardale prices are just as high up there. Jolly Roger
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