Petrol prices fuel frustration

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High Peak residents have been hitting out at fuel prices in Buxton, which they say are over the odds despite national price decreases.

Buxton resident Paul Timmins said fuel prices in the town are way over the prices charged in neighbouring towns such as Leek and Stockport and locals are paying too much for their fuel (see Postbag, p6).

He said: “The excuse is that the logistics of getting fuel to Buxton makes it more expensive.

“We are being held to ransom. Buxton has the dearest petrol for 30 miles.”

His comments have been supported by several people, commenting on the Buxton Advertiser’s Facebook page.

John Hudghton said: “It is cheaper in Matlock. It feels like there is a local fuel cartel keeping prices high in Buxton. The supposed effect of market competition is to bring prices as low as they can be. Clearly the market in Buxton is broken. I am now refuelling out of town as a result.”

Richard Knisely-Marpole said: “Always go out of town for fuel. Another nail in the coffin for the commerce of Buxton.”

Anna Darden added: “One has to take into consideration the seclusion of Buxton and the cost of getting it here.

“Also to be considered is the smaller population meaning lesser quantities being purchased and everyone knows buying in bulk is more cost efficient.”

Colin Hall commented: “The nearer to Manchester the cheaper it gets, specially the big supermarkets.”

And Johanne Wood said: “£1.27 a litre in Stalybridge £1.31-9 a litre in Chapel.”

A Tesco spokesperson said: “Our clear goal for customers is to be competitive on petrol and diesel in local catchment areas for each store, so Tesco does not operate with one national price. This is the case with all other petrol retailers in the UK.”

A spokesperson for Morrisons added: “The petrol market varies through the country and like many other retailers, we compete locally against other fuel operators.

“We aim to be amongst the cheapest in any location that we operate.”