Proposals which would have delivered a 5p-a-litre fuel rebate to hard-pressed motorists on Exmoor has been set back until next year.
The coalition Government’s policy to help with the higher cost of supplying petrol and diesel to remote areas is already operating in a number of remote island communities, including the Isles of Scilly.
Last month, the Treasury announced that Lynton, in North Devon, would be included in a list of ten new mainland towns due to be submitted to the European Commission for final approval.
However, it has now emerged that the Government’s submission has been put back after communities in parts of the Highlands and Wales complained they had been overlooked.
Responding to a parliamentary question from South Down MP Margaret Ritchie, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, said permission would be sought from the European Commission to implement the discount next year.
Mr Alexander said: “Further work is needed to ensure that we have all the information that is necessary to submit the application.
“That will be the subject of a supplementary piece of work and we will submit the application early in the new year.”