Lessons learned from January storms

A PUBLIC meeting was held on Friday afternoon to hear from those who had involvement in bringing order to Bute following the storms in January which left the island without power for almost three days - and the steps they’ve taken to better prepare in similar circumstances.

Chaired by Alan Reid MP and Provost of Argyll and Bute Council, Isobel Strong, the meeting heard from representatives from SHEPD (Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution), Jane Fowler from Argyll and Bute Council, local police inspector Gordon Anderson and Strathclyde Fire and Rescue.

As was reported in last week’s Buteman, energy regulator Ofgem were unable to attend.

r Reid began by saying: “Some have said that the storm on January 3 was a one in thirteen year event, while others say one in 40. Either way, we know it will happen again at some point.

Neil Wilson, operations manager for SHEPD, told those in attendance that £11m has been invested in extensive tree felling, where they previously only carried out maintenance cuts, and have undergrounded a section of power lines which are fed to Bute.

* Read more in tomorrow’s Buteman.