UK fuel shortage: Salisbury hotels hit by cancellations

The fuel fiasco has led some local hotels and B & Bs to lose bookings as an extension of the financial and emotional toll the pandemic has taken on businesses in Salisbury.

The Milford Hall Hotel and Spa on Castle Street has suffered two cancellations for next week due to the inability of guests to get fuel in Gloucester, and Peartree Apartments has raised concerns among its staff.

5-star local AirBnB host Kate Tutty this week had fuel-related cancellations from a Wales-based client and a Midlands-based client who had planned to travel to Salisbury for meetings business.

The Air BnB superhost said: “It’s absolutely shameful what’s going on with fuel, it’s pointless. Shapps [Secretary of State for Transport] totally messed up.

“We have to stop this panic mentality because this is what the government does all the time.

“Keep calm and carry on … we don’t have any of that anymore, we go out and buy some rolls of toilet paper and stand in line for five hours to get diesel.”

Kate has been an Air B&B hostess since 2015 and notes that Brexit, the Salisbury poisonings and the pandemic have taken a heavy toll on her business and that she has not recovered.

“I had no income last year and the summer has been very meager this year.

“I’m looking to sell. To move. I need to go somewhere where these things don’t have such a hard impact, where you have the sea to attract people.

Milford Hall hotel manager Stuart Earp was concerned that they had cancellations, but was more concerned with rising energy costs and expressed relief at having a contract fixed for their gas and electricity bills.

Peartree Apartments manager Arron Howle said: “Some of our staff are a little worried about having gasoline today for the rest of the week, but we didn’t have to. ‘specific cancellations … for the moment anyway! ”

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