Comhairle stress support for lower fuel prices

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Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has stressed its support for lower fuel prices in the Islands.

Cllr. Kenny Murray, Chair of the Comhairle’s Fuel Action Group, said: “The Comhairle has long been in the fight to get lower fuel prices for consumers in the Western Isles including lobbying for the derogation to reduce the differential between island and mainland prices.

“It is very welcome that recent developments have seen prices come down and I commend all those who have worked to bring this about-including retailers, campaigners, our MP and MSP and my colleagues on the Comhairle.”

He added: This is a complex issue but I hope sustainable supplies at lower prices, with a reduced differential between island and mainland prices, will continue.”

Meanwhile Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, David Stewart, has also welcomed the falling price of road fuel on some parts of the islands.

He is to attend a meeting with the Scottish Representative of the Office of Fair Trading at the Scottish Parliament on Thursday (15th) to discuss island fuel prices.

This follows a number of public meetings, a campaign organised by the group ‘Fair Fuel Solutions’ and the news that Scottish Fuels have now released island retailers from their contracts with the company.

David Stewart said: “It is clear from work carried out on this matter that there has been a disproportionate pricing policy in place in the Western Isles for some time. This has resulted in huge fuel costs being borne by businesses, locals and tourists to the area.”

He continued: “I attended the public meeting that took place in Stornoway in January this year and the strength of feeling was abundantly clear – the Western Isles was being disproportionately affected and people were deeply unhappy.

“I was delighted to hear last week therefore that retailers have been released from their contracts with Scottish Fuels and I am really pleased to hear that prices are already dropping as a result of this but in the meantime, I will also be calling on the OFT to take action to ensure that the fuel market in the islands is opened up to competition with immediate effect.”