Leighton Buzzard’s MP is on a mission to fight against supermarket chains “ripping off” the town with higher fuel prices than neighbouring areas.
Fueled with anger, South West Beds MP Andrew Selous will meet with the Petrol Retailers’ Association today to ensure Leighton is treated fairly.
As it stands, Lake Street’s Morrisons and Vimy Road’s Tesco charge 133.9p per litre for the privilege of filling up with unleaded compared to 129.9p at the same stores based in Westcroft and Wolverton in Milton Keynes.
Mr Selous, who has been fighting against the town’s higher prices for the past year with the Office of Fair Trading, said: “People are angry because everything is expensive at the moment like gas and electricity and on top of that, why because they live in Leighton Buzzard, should they pay more for fuel?
“In my book, these companies have very serious questions to answer. My view is that they are ripping off the people of the town because they think they can get away with it.
“Quite frankly we need to lay down a challenge to tell big garages to answer why they are significantly more expensive than their neighbouring towns.
“Say you are filling up every week with fuel that is five pence more expensive, I did some sums and worked out that you paying an extra £200/250 more a year.
“And for people with a small income and tight budget this is just not on.
“I am very much willing to stand up against it.”
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