A FURIOUS councillor has hit out at ‘disgraceful’ petrol stations in Gainsborough and called for motorists to buy their fuel elsewhere.
West Lindsey District Councillor Chris Underwood-Frost said that he was disgusted at how much more petrol costs in Gainsborough in comparison to neighbouring places like Lincoln and Scunthorpe.
On Monday 6th June, The Standard found that fuel per litre at Morrisons in Gainsborough cost 135.9p for unleaded and 138.9p for diesel. Meanwhile, Morrisons in Retford was selling unleaded for 134.9p and diesel for 137.9p while stores in Lincoln and Scunthorpe were selling unleaded 132.9p and diesel for 136.9p.
On the same day, fuel per litre at Tesco in Gainsborough was at 136.9p for unleaded and 140.9p for diesel while the branch on Wragby Road, Lincoln was selling unleaded for 132.9p and diesel for 135.9p. On average, fuel prices in Gainsborough are about 2.75p more expensive for unleaded and diesel costs 3p more than neighbouring towns.
“The price difference is unacceptable,” said Coun Underwood-Frost. “Why should rip-off Gainsborough be so different?”
“It’s appauling we’re being ripped off like this and being charged a disgraceful amount per litre.”
He continued: “We in Gainsborough are being completely and utterly penalised by supermarkets just for living in a rural area – and we should start a blockade and buy our fuel elsewhere when we can.”
“We are one of the most deprived areas in the country. If this was in France or Europe then people would be out striking and blocking the roads. We’re being bent over backwards and enough is enough.”
He added: “I just want somebody to explain themselves.”
A Morrisons spokesman said: “Our pricing is based on a response to local market conditions and guarantees that we are always competitive in the local market.”
A spokesman from Tesco added: “Like all other petrol retailers in the country, we operate a local pricing policy and aim to be competitive on the price of fuel in the local catchment area for each store.”
Gainsborough resident Claire Kendall said: “It’s not a good advert for Gainsborough is it? I know they may be struggling in this economic climate but so are the rest of us.”