MP welcomes electricity plans

Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown has welcomed the plans by ScottishPower to upgrade the electricity network in Mid-Galloway.

Under ScottishPower’s plans, £10 million will be invested in the electricity network in Wigtownshire and will see parts of the network either being refurbished or rebuilt. This should mean that during extreme weather such as snow storms there will be fewer power cuts and, when they do occur, the repair time should be shorter.

Commenting on the plans, Mr Brown said: “When I met ScottishPower after the power cuts in March, they set out these plans and I am glad to see they are coming to fruition, although some local people may feel that this significant investment is long overdue.

“For too long have the people of Wigtownshire had to suffer from power cuts and intermittent supplies, in particular during bouts of extreme weather. We saw this most recently in March of this year, when more than 10,000 homes were affected by power cuts and it was a struggle to get some households reconnected.

“You can never guarantee that there won’t be power cuts when you are faced with the type of devastation caused by the snow storms in March, but hopefully these improvements to the network should ensure that the network is more resilient.”