A NORTH Devon town is set to be one of only three in England to benefit from a fuel price cut scheme.
An application has been submitted to extend the rural fuel rebate scheme to ten towns across the UK and Lynton in North Devon is on the list.
If approved, this would mean Barbrook petrol station, which is the only station within a 14 mile radius, would benefit from a five pence price drop per litre.
Lesley Goodman, who has owned the petrol station with husband Richard since December 2012 said she was not aware Lynton had been shortlisted until she was contacted by the Journal.
“I spoke to Nick Harvey to ask him to find out more about it and see if we were remote enough to claim it and our supplier did send some information down to us asking us to send our prices off which is what we did,” she added. “But that is the last we heard.
“It will be fantastic news for us and the help it will offer other small businesses in the area.”
Mrs Goodman said she was not surprised Lynton had been deemed remote enough to be included in the scheme.
“It should have happened,” she added. “We should be regarded as a remote area and I am delighted we now have been.”
She is also hopeful drivers will think more seriously about using the petrol station in future.
“Our prices are higher than supermarkets you will find in the town, but that is because we get charged that bit extra because we are so far away.”
Mrs Goodman said other businesses may feel they should have been included in the scheme.
“I think they would hope to have been regarded as rural and I think it is sad they are not included. It should be looked at quite closely. This could be regarded as the first round.”
Nick Harvey, MP for North Devon said:"This is excellent news for the Lynton area and I am delighted that our Lib Dem Treasury Minister Danny Alexander has delivered this cut for motorists in North Devon.
"In an area like ours where so many people need cars to go about their day-to-day life, fuel prices have long been prohibitively high.
“As one of only 10 areas in the country selected to benefit from the rebate, the comparison to areas in Danny’s Highlands constituency has clearly worked in our favour this time.
"It is extremely valuable to have someone in the Treasury who understands the challenges for rural areas like North Devon and I look forward to seeing the benefits of this rebate at the petrol pumps at the Barbrook filling station."
Elizabeth Rodway, Lynton and Lynmouth town councillor, said the fuel cut can only be a good thing.
“The trouble is we are 20 miles from anywhere and fuel consumption, even on smaller vehicles, is huge,” she added.
“Anything to ease our costs living in an area which is so cut off has got to be positive.”
An application has been submitted to the European Commission to extend the scheme which is currently in place across island communities.
All ten towns were judged to have met strict criteria which the EC say will be critical in their decision.
Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, said: “As a Highlander, I know all too well that fuel prices tend to be highest in areas where a car is needed the most. We’ve already delivered a tax cut for remote islands and now want to extend that to mainland rural areas that suffer from similarly high prices to the islands.
“We have put together the strongest possible evidence base to try and maximise the places that get it. As I’ve said before, it won’t be easy to get this agreed with the Commission, but I will do everything I can to make this happen.”
Rural service stations across the UK were asked to submit information on petrol and diesel prices back in July.
A final decision on whether the scheme is to be extended is due to be announced by the EC and if approved is likely to benefit around 120,000 people in total.