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Wyre Forest MP 'very unhappy' at petrol prices
WYRE Forest’s MP says he is still “very unhappy” at petrol prices in the district after meeting Tesco bosses.
Mark Garnier met with Emma Reynolds, a representative from the supermarket giant, to discuss petrol price anomalies - stepping up the local fuel fairness campaign.
Those irregularities mean Tesco in Kidderminster is charging 4p per litre more than its Cradley Heath branch just 13 miles away.
Mr Garnier said: “In all fairness to Tesco, they are the only petrol retailer that has agreed to meet to discuss the local price discrepancy.
“Mrs Reynolds, however, was unable to come up with a solution that can be made without changing the company’s national pricing policy. She has agreed to meet with her superiors to discuss what can be done.
“I would urge local residents, unhappy with this situation, to continue to vote with their feet and buy from cheaper retailers, especially Callow Oils at Chaddesley Corbett, who still offer the most competitive price locally.
“Consumer power is the most effective pressure.”
The Office of Fair Trading recently announced it did not consider it appropriate to launch a market study into this anomaly and continues to believe price transparency is the best solution.
Mrs Reynolds argued Tesco has a pricing policy that is one of the most competitive within a three mile radius and the supermarket offered car points and incentives which could result in up to 50p being saved on each litre.