Fuel bosses face tough questioning

Scottish Fuels representatives with Chair fo the meeting Rev ID Campbell.

Scottish Fuels representatives with Chair fo the meeting Rev ID Campbell.

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SCOTTISH Fuels bosses faced a series of tough questions when they attended a meeting of island residents earlier tonight (Tuesday).

Sam Chambers, Chair of GB Oils, parent company of Scottish Fuels, gave a presentation to the meeting in the Comhairle offices, which was organised by lobby group Action Now on Fuel Prices for Islanders.

Mr Chambers said Scottish Fuels were not to blame for the price island residents paid at the pumps and that prices were set by retailers alone.

He revealed that in the financial year 2010/11, Scottish Fuels had only made 2.61p per litre on diesel in Stornoway.

The audience left the meeting frustrated by the lack of clarity on exactly why island fuel prices are so much higher than on the mainland.

Fuel prices campaigner Callum Iain Macmillan said they were ‘none the wiser’ following the two hour discussion. He said the group would begin working with other communities such as Orkney and Shetland on this issue.

“Supposing it takes a day or a month or a year, we are not going to stop until we get back to the margins we had before your company came to the islands,” he said.

See full story in this week’s Stornoway Gazette.