Letter: Whitby motorists ‘suffering more than most’

Sainsbury's petrol station, Whitby. w171302g Wednesday 29 March 2017. Picture: Ceri Oakes
Sainsbury's petrol station, Whitby. w171302g Wednesday 29 March 2017. Picture: Ceri Oakes

Re Whitby’s petrol prices: Inflation is rising, in some part down to the rising cost of petrol, with Whitby residents, suffering more than most.

Sainsbury’s are not offering a fairer pricing structure locally.

Thank heavens we have choice and competition.

This complaint has nothing to do with the many excellent staff at that store but is rather down to head office.

The inflated prices remained until last Saturday when it was announced all supermarkets were lowering their prices by 2p a litre.

However, until this week and since Christmas Sainsbury’s petrol has been 2p a litre dearer than other local outlets in the town eg Eves & Spa.

The average household spends £24 a week on fuel so until this week the saving on that spend, if you bought your petrol elsewhere locally, was 38p+ a week, £20 a year.

Those savings have halved at Sainsbury’s. Not huge savings in themselves but every little helps in reducing household bills.

Many also spend far more than £24 a week on fuel.

What is the response from Sainsbury’s Head Office executives when contacted?

“...We want to ensure our petrol stations remain competitive within their local area, offering customers a fair price wherever they live.

“We review our petrol and diesel prices regularly, and adjust the price at each station using locally gathered pricing information, in order to provide customers with great value.”

This policy obviously does not apply to Whitby.

Mike Ward

Dunsley, Whitby