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Saltash Card gives residents 2p a litre petrol discount

Saltash Card
Image caption The Saltash Card was introduced to encourage people to spend money locally

Motorists in a Cornish town are getting 2p off the price of a litre of fuel following an agreement between the local council and fuel companies.

Saltash residents who hold a Saltash Card will be entitled to the discount at the BP garage and the Texaco garage near the Carkeel roundabout on the A38.

Discount cards, which cost £2 each, were introduced to encourage people to spend money locally.

More than 1,000 people hold cards, with about 25 participating businesses.

Councillor Joe Ellison, who negotiated the deal, said: "We are delighted to be able to help local people to get a decent discount on such an essential item of day-to-day life."

The price of unleaded petrol hit a new record average of 130p a litre earlier in March, according to industry analysts Experian Catalist.

A 120,000-signature petition calling for April's planned 1p rise in fuel duty not to be imposed was handed to the government on 2 March.

The Saltash Card can be bought at the Guildhall Saltash, Saltash Library or at the Bookshelf, Fore Street, in Saltash.

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