December 11, 2010
fume over soaring petrol costs in Burnham-On-Sea area
prices in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have reached record highs
this week, angering local motorists.
district councillor Joe Leach, pictured, is among the local people
who are fuming at the soaring prices.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It's daylight robbery. Prices in
Burnham and Highbridge seem to be artificially high because there
are relatively few garages and no supermarket filling stations."
higher competition in neighbouring towns like Weston and Bridgwater
means motorists there pay 5p a litre less than us. It doesn't
prices have this week hit a record average of 121.76p per litre
across the UK - although in the Burnham area, the costs are around
125p a litre.
are expected to further rise in the New Year when increased fuel
duties and higher VAT come into force.
Highbridge town councillor Janet Keen, who used to run a petrol
station, says she sympathises with local filling stations.
smaller independent outlets cannot buy fuel at the same prices
as the supermarkets, which is unfair for them," she said.
problem lies with the fuel suppliers, who are out to get as high
a profit as possible."
local filling stations' profits are in fact often so small that
many earn more from drinks and confectionery than the petrol itself."
Meanwhile, the AA said this week that motorists would have to
pay an average of almost £6 more to fill an average tank
compared with the start of the year.