Senior members of the Lib Dems in Angus are backing The Courier’s drive to put the brakes on crippling fuel prices.
Angus Councillors David May and Alison Andrews are squarely behind the newspaper’s Fight for fairer Fuel .
They praised The Courier’s stand and urged widespread public endorsement for it, a move echoed by Sanjay Samani, Liberal Democrat campaigner for Angus North and Mearns.
Mr Samani explained,
“I have signed the paper’s petition and applaud The Courier for taking this initiative.”
“There is no doubt that a fuel duty stabiliser will reduce the impact of fuel price rises, making a real difference to hard-pressed families and boost businesses in our rural area.”
“I would encourage people in Angus, Tayside and the North East to sign the petition and show their support for this excellent Courier campaign.”
Montrose member Mr May, Angus Council’s convener of infrastructure services, has added his signature to the petition as a mark of his full support for fairer fuel.
“As Angus is a rural area, our residents and businesses are at the mercy of rocketing fuel costs,” he explained.
“I call on the UK Government to take urgent action to address the rising price of fuel by postponing the scheduled duty increase in April.
“In my view, this would help stimulate the Angus economy as well as that of wider Tayside by protecting motorists, road hauliers and, in particular, our many remote, rural communities from high and volatile fuel costs.”
His colleague Mrs Andrews, who represents Kirriemuir and Dean on the local authority, said a fuel duty stabiliser was essential for fragile communities buckling under soaring prices at the pumps. She commented,
“Where I live in rural Angus, it’s impossible to manage without a private car. The area I represent has a high proportion of remote communities where petrol and diesel are a necessity, not a luxury. Families and local businesses are all struggling as it is, and rising fuel costs impact painfully on everyone.”
“I would urge the chancellor to apply his imagination to this problem and introduce a fuel duty stabiliser in his budget.”