New Clause 8 — Rural Fuel Discount Scheme

Part of Orders of the Day – in the House of Commons at 7:00 pm on 25th June 2007.

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Photo of John Thurso John Thurso Liberal Democrat, Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross 7:00 pm, 25th June 2007

While my hon. Friend was visiting Bonar Bridge in my constituency, did he notice that there were no petrol stations there? The nearest one, a mile away in Ardgay, closed because it was not viable. The residents of the area now have the added burden of having to make roughly a 25-mile journey to fill up.

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Jim Brown
Posted on 26 Jun 2007 4:13 pm (Report this annotation)

I would like to point out to those not familiar with the Sutherland region that there is a 39 mile long 'A' Road between Helmsdale and Melvich that does not have any public transport at all. I myself live on that road and although my wife and I are the the proud possessors of Scottish Executive Highland Council Bus Passes we are unable to make use of them. We still have to make use our car to get to a bus route. The cost of fuel matters a great deal to us being of a retired nature.