HC 484 - Power Outages and Extreme Weather Conditions in the West of Scotland

HC 484 - Power Outages and Extreme Weather Conditions in the West of Scotland

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The local authority and power company response to the severe weather of 2013 in Kintyre, Arran and Wigtownshire shows that important lessons have been learned and improvements put in place since the Committee last reported on this issue, in August 2012. The Committee is satisfied that all three councils affected by the severe weather have in place robust contingency planning for emergencies, which proved effective. Crucially, the compensation for those left without power - with all the damage that can cause - has been brought into line with the rest of the country. The Committee's conclusion's included that: emergency plans should prioritise accessing mobile phone base stations to restore lost signals; the A83 is a vital artery for the Kintyre peninsula and the decision to upgrade it to a trunk road is an important one, as this will allow the resources of Transport Scotland to be deployed to keep it open during extreme weather conditions; the new Hunterston-Kintyre transmission line will mean there will be two transmission lines serving the Kintyre peninsula, so the failure of one of the lines will not see Kintyre a Arran cut off from the power network; and caring for vulnerable members of the community is another statutory responsibility of local authorities: local authorities have done a great deal of work to expand their databases and identify those who are in need but councils should also do more to support the community groups that are engaging local people in the process of caring for the vulnerableMobile phone communication is vitally important in an emergency, but on this occasion, mobile phone networks were out of ... if roads are blocked and maintenance teams simply cannot get to an area to effect the necessary repairs. 11 15.

Title:HC 484 - Power Outages and Extreme Weather Conditions in the West of Scotland
Author: Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons. Scottish Affairs Committee
Publisher:The Stationery Office - 2014-05-14

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