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Members of the Lovell family
Feeling the pinch in villages
Rachael Lovell is a parent who lives near Ewyas Harold. The rising fuel prices are now affecting her family activities...
Rachael Lovell spends over £50 a week on fuel, just ferrying her children back and forth to school, and has been forced to cut back on normal weekend treats:
"Whereas in the past we'd have taken the children into town on a weekend, to go shopping and have lunch, we now have to forego those special treats so we can afford the extra fuel costs.
"It's difficult to car share in a rural area - the population is so low, the chances of finding people who're going to the same place as you are minimal."
She is just one example of the way the rocketing cost of fuel is affecting people nationwide - rural areas in particular are having to count the costs of travel generally.
The Lovell family need to use their car
The South Herefordshire village of Ewyas Harold is a prime example - 10 miles from Hereford, it's inhabitants are having to adapt to changing lifestyles, as they are forced to tighten their belts.
The school run
Parents with children attending the local primary school are just one sector feeling the pinch.
Rachael lives in Lower Mascoed, situated nearly four miles from Ewyas Harold.
On an average day, she does a 16 mile round trip to take two of her children to school there.
She then travels a further 20 miles to and from Fairfield High at Peterchurch when her son is doing extra curricular activities.
last updated: 25/06/2008 at 14:28