ORGANISERS of this week’s planned fuel tax protest are warning motorists to fill up while they can.
Now calling themselves Fuel Protest UK, demonstrators are gathering at Hapsford Services at 7pm tomorrow (Friday) and are calling for support.
Despite the fact that there are no plans to disrupt deliveries, spokesman Ian Charlesworth said: “This time it is bigger and more organised so we are advising people to fill up with fuel before Friday.
“We apologise to the public for any disruption but we feel it is necessary to take action because the government is not listening.”
Ian said he is regularly approached by people who agree with the protest.
“They are looking to us to fight for them, get a fair deal for everyone and get this country back on its feet,” he said. “We will do everything possible to address the savage and unjust policy of high fuel prices and taxes.”
But a spokesman for Cheshire Police dismissed the warnings, adding: “We are aware that a go-slow and foot protest is planned to take place at Stanlow Oil Refinery on Friday.
“Officers are liaising with the organisers and we will do all we can to reduce the impact the go-slow may have on the road networks and to manage any disruption. The role of the Constabulary is to impartially allow for peaceful protesting, whilst ensuring that others can continue unhindered in their legitimate business activities, or commuting.”
Shell spokesman Edward Brady said: “I wouldn’t like to speculate on the impact of another protest, but the demonstrators are not protesting against Shell. They are making a point about fuel duty, which is a Government matter.”