Commenting on the current fuel
crisis, Greater Peterborough Chamber's Chief Executive, Stephen Catchpole, said
that its members had consistently complained about the detrimental effect that
high fuel costs were having on their businesses. Of course, the position has
worsened over the last few weeks with the dramatic rise in crude oil prices
caused by a lessening in supply from the OPEC oil producers.
He went on to say that whilst one
can understand and sympathise with the the feelings of frustrations and
desperation of those facing business ruin which has led to direct action, it
must be recognised that the current fuel crisis is already causing widespread
damage to businesses in Greater Peterborough.
Without fuel supplies returning
to normal quickly, firms will find that staff and materials are unable to reach
them leading to lay-offs, shut-downs and longer term may result in closures.
It is imperative the crisis is
resolved as quickly as possible before local business competitiveness suffer