Skip to comments.Petrol stations drying up
Posted on 11/02/2011 6:11:24 PM PDT by bkopto
Fears of fuel deserts as retailers feel the strain.
Petrol station numbers in the UK have tumbled to a record low, official figures reveal. From a peak of 21,000 in the nineties, there are now only 8,500 forecourts in the country, prompting concerns that some areas will become fuel deserts.
The latest count shows that Fife in Scotland is the worst-hit area, with only 36 filling stations supplying more than 163,000 drivers a ratio of one station to 4,538 motorists.
The research was carried out by the retail wholesaler Palmer & Harvey, a supplier of convenience goods to forecourts. It notes that independent stations are the worst-hit, contributing to the erosion of local communities.
CEO Chris Etherington said: These fuel deserts are a huge inconvenience to the already hard-pressed motorist. Filling stations are as important to the nation as local pubs and village shops. We will all suffer if these closures continue.
Brian Madderson, chairman of the industry body RMI Petrol, welcomed the report, saying: Increasing fuel taxes, crude oil prices and business rates, as well as unfair pricing regimes from some hypermarkets and oil companies, are threatening independent fuel retailers.
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According to Wiki, the entire population of Fife is 360,000. It's 512 sq miles; 1 gas station for about every 14 sq mi..
Also, it's the home town of Ian Anderson for anyone who cares.
“unfair pricing regimes”
Gee, maybe the gov’t should set the price and run the filling stations?/s
(Happy FR anniversary)
britain’s going down the tube.
Life will imitate art, unfortunately.
Why is an Ian Anderson concert like the killer whale show at Sea World?
The obvious problem is that there’s no profit/incentive in running a filling station. Otherwise, there would be plenty. Basic free market economics, assuming a nation where there actually IS a free market. Gee, with a socialist government in power, wonder why it might be that there aren’t enough “filling stations”?
the first three rows are a splash zone.
So very obvious. But no one ever seems to point it out to these people.