Power company to appear at Rothesay public meeting

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A public meeting will take place in Rothesay later this month to update Bute residents on the response to last winter’s power cuts.

Bute councillor Isobel Strong, who is also the provost of Argyll and Bute, and local MP Alan Reid have jointly organised the meeting, which will take place at Rothesay Pavilion at 1pm on Friday, November 30.

Officials from Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution, the company responsible for the island’s electricity infrastructure, will give an update on what has been done since last winter to make the power grid more robust.

Argyll and Bute Council officials will also speak about their emergency plans should - or perhaps when - bad weather disrupts power supplies on the island in the future.

Representatives of Ofgem, the power industry watchdog, and the police have also been invited to attend.

The meeting has been organised after a report by MPs on the House of Commons’ Scottish affairs committee into January’s storms and their aftermath was the subject of a less-than-memorable launch in Rothesay in August.

Mr Reid and committee chair Ian Davidson MP came to the Pavilion to launch the report, but were met by an audience of only one person - The Buteman’s reporter, Karen Keith.