Published: Tuesday, 22 April 2014 07:30
‘Significant concessions’ on Fair Fuel
The campaign group Fair Fuel Solutions says significant concessions have been won from the fuel suppliers Certas, after an open meeting last week made clear the level of resistance to their proposals for improving competition in the fuel market. The Office of Fair Trade, now re-named the Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) presented concessions made by Certas, including opening fuel depots at Stornoway and Loch Carnan to competitors to supply island filling stations. The meeting robustly objected to the time limitations placed on the new arrangements by Certas, who have now offered to extend the period to five years at both depots, and to sign up to a transparent pricing system known as Platts Plus. Speaking for Fair Fuels Solutions, Callum Ian Macmillan said: “ It's important to put in perspective what has been achieved here – the breaking down of a monopoly which exploited islanders, who now find themselves with a choice and some of the lowest independent fuel prices in Scotland, plus guaranteed access for other fuel suppliers to both Loch Carnan and Shell Street.” Certas has also agreed to re-open dialogue with Gordon Diesels, the fuel supplier in Back who broke the monopoly by refusing to accept a fixed price agreement.
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Published: Monday, 21 April 2014 07:30
Emergency services were scrambled to Barvas beach on Sunday at 4.15pm, when it was reported that two surfers had been caught in a rip current and were unable to get to shore. One of their companions had reached land and raised the alarm, and Stornoway Coastguard despatched Bragar and Ness Coastguard volunteers, Stornoway Lifeboat and the rescue helicopter R100 to the scene. The men had been able to get to land themselves just as emergency teams arrived. A coastguard spokesman said. “Anyone using the sea for recreation should check tidal and weather conditions carefully and make sure they are properly equipped, including with buoyancy aids, before going into the water. If you are caught in a rip current the advice is to swim with the current parallel to land rather than trying to battle across it and becoming exhausted.”
Read more: Local News for Monday 21st April 2014