|There's still a chance for Kinlochbervie to be included in the list of areas to receive a rebate on fuel duty for being a remote area after John Thurso MP raised the issue with the Treasury.|
According to a story in last week's Northern Times both Lochinver and Durness have been added to the list of locations announced by Treasury Secretary Danny Alexander MP.
According to the announcement the list of postcode locations agreed is Acharacle, Achnsheen, Appin, Carrbridge, Dalwhinnie, Gairloch, and Strathpeffer in Scotland, Kirkby-in-furness, Hawes and Lynton in England. Only fuel stations within the respective postcode areas can be eligible for the discount.
Questions were raised when it was revealed that the petrol station in Achnasheen had been closed for five years and how did Carrbridge, which is just 24 miles from Inverness, get on the list? Cynics point to Carrbridge perhaps being favoured for special treatment by its MP, who just happens to be a Mr Danny Alexander...
John Thurso took up the challenge and spent many hours in discussion with the Treasury in London who, it was revealed, were incredulous when they were informed of the size of the area covered by the IV27 postcode, which is about the same as an English county.
At this point in time we are still awaiting news as to whether Kinlochbervie and/or Scourie will be added to the list. Common sense would suggest they couldn't possibly be left.
The following link takes you to the story in the Northern Times: