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Monday, October 25, 2010

Petrol prices

So just what does the possible 5p per litre cut announced last month mean for the Western Isles?

Call me a cynic but, the following has been pointed out to me.....


SeptemberOctober
Fort William 116.9p117.9p
Stornoway 127.9p132.9p

h/t to my source

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

128.9p today at Manor Park.

Anonymous said...

Add to this:

1. Food costs suddenly rocketing

2. Peak oil and the imminent (permanent) rise of petrol, oil and other costs.

3. The loss of substantial benefits to islanders.

4. The inevitable widescale job cuts as a repercussion of the CSR, and of a council that was already spending too much.

5. The 2011 census, where we discover the truth about the demographics and decline of the islands' population.

These are the last few years of the relative good times of the Outer Hebrides. A five pence petrol cut, real or fudged, is going to pale into insignificance compared to what else is coming these next few years. In 2020, many of the remaining residents - many being the rich retired as most others will have gone for work on the mainland - will look back on 2010 fondly and with envy.

Anonymous said...

Fuel prices are too low everywhere. We need higher fuel prices to encourage people out of excessive travel that is wrecking our biosphere.

Anonymous said...

Fuel price rise was 1p in October , Stornoway went from 128.9 to 130.9 , this week it has gone from 130.9 to 133.9 ? taking the piss , Yes

Anonymous said...

Maybe the Western Isles folk think that take away is just a term for a Chinese and only know how to add.....

Donald Macdonald said...

Out of date. The petrol price has gone up to 131.9 in stornoway

Anonymous said...

that is disgraceful!

Anonymous said...

The cherry on the cake? Yesterday it was announced there's less than 10% of the oil under Alaska than was estimated in 2002. This story looks like it'll run and run.

Even before that reduction, the USA only had 8 years reserve-to-production capacity left at the current levels of R&P. And I'll tell you this for a fact - people there are not going to stop driving their hummers if US of A oil runs out. They'll just import (much) more of it, driving up the price globally.

Petrol over £2 a litre by the end of 2012 here. If this blog is still running then I'll come back and see if I'm right or not.

Anonymous said...

You and Yours on Radio 4 did an item on the 5p reduction yesterday Wednesday, maybe someone ought to tell them the real story behind the fuel pricing policy here.

Anonymous said...

7.53 Clearly you have no f'ing idea what it is like living somewhere where a car is a necessity, with no effective public transport, a modest income and huge fuel prices. Why not campaign for more public transport in population centres, which are gridlocked with single occupancy cars.

Anonymous said...

The insanity of petrol prices is made worse by it being the result of a very small number of people betting.

Anonymous said...

Why is it at Spar that it's around the 10p mark before you feel anything coming out of the pump?

Anonymous said...

Apprently it does take much for the pump to cum out at Campbells.

The bigger vehicle the better

Anonymous said...

A bit late in replying here but the possibility of a 5p cut is meaningless… but we’ll take it!
The price of fuel in the islands may be higher than ‘the mainland’ however the price difference has come down. The difference had often stood at ±10% however it the last year or so it is has been as low as 7%. These are ball park averages. I recently paid the same price (within a penny) for diesel just north of Preston as it is at manor.
The price of fuel is high – everywhere. There is a fluctuation in pricing across the UK and unfortunately the Western Isles tends to be at the upper end of this pricing. However if the fuel regulator comes in and gives us a 5p discount then it is not making much of difference in the real world although any help is welcome to communities that rely on the car so much.
My personal opinion is that there has been too much fuss made about this one and if the MSP thinks that getting a 5p a litre discount is a major political coup then I really hope he has something else up his sleeve as Joe public won’t take long to click on. High fuel prices are here to stay.
There are far bigger price discrepancies in the Western Isles that are bordering on criminal that makes the fuel issue seem like the small beer that it is. Building materials….. +100% in some cases. I could go on.

Anonymous said...

There needs to be a national average fuel price and then we need our 5p reduction. What on earth is the point of agreeing to 5p less than, hell lets say £1.50 for starters. What we are given in one hand it will be taken away by the other. Lets not get tied into something silly here folks. In principle its a nice idea but think about it