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Update on the Husthwaite Oil Coop

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When the Syndicate launched the new heating oil service last March, with Tate Fuels as our delivery partner, we believed it would offer Members significant advantages over the previous system with fixed order dates. Comments from Members suggest that they have appreciated the additional flexibility and are very pleased with the service Tate provides and during the last year over 1.15 million litres has been delivered across the Lower Swale Syndicate of Cooperatives.

Rather than re-tendering and running the risk of finishing up with something less good, Chris Owens of Brafferton on our behalf has negotiated an extension to the current arrangement.

We are therefore delighted to announce that we have agreed a follow-on arrangement with Tate Fuels that will run until the end of March 2018. The key points of this agreement are

  • Order any time between 1 January and 30 November - this is to encourage Members to assist Tate by ordering outside their peak time. The margin above the published wholesale price is unchanged. Improved delivery time: the order will be delivered within ten working days (emergency next working day deliveries can be made at an additional cost of £50+VAT). Orders placed during December for delivery before the end of the month, will be charged at the prevailing commercial price - so best to avoid ordering in December!
  •  Orders can be for a fixed volume (minimum 500 litres to comply with Weights and Measures legislation) or "Fill tank" - an estimated quantity is required (this needs to be realistic: if more than 10% short, there is no guarantee the full amount will be delivered)
  •  New service: Members requiring notification of delivery date will receive a text message the previous day, so that gates and tanks can be left unlocked.
  •  Payment will continue to be made by single Direct Debit payment following delivery. Debit cards and credit cards can be used by prior arrangement, but credit cards will attract a surcharge of 2% to offset bank charges.

We hope you continue to find the arrangement beneficial.

How has the new system performed?

Someone in the village emailed me on Friday 20 March to say they had received 973 litres of kerosene (delivered the day after ordering!) for 33ppl, with the best boilerjuice price on the day being 39.92ppl.

Tate supplied Members across the whole Syndicate with 178,984 litres during February, when the median price was 31.67ppl (Boilerjuice 36.15ppl, equating to a saving of £8,780 to Syndicate Members).

The Syndicate price including VAT, has been just over 5ppl cheaper than Boilerjuice throughout the winter months when other suppliers have raised their margins.

Don't forget, you can order at any time through the website (www.tateoil.co.uk <http://www.tateoil.co.uk/> ) - this is the preferred method, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to keep the pressure off Tate's switchboard - or phone the special Syndicate order line during working hours on 01943 854888, and Tate will deliver within ten working days when they have a tanker load for your area.

Membership is open to all in the village - if you want to know more email me at; husthwaiteoil@btinternet.com or phone on 01347 868216

Michael Graham
1 West Terrace