Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution says all customers in Kintyre had their power restored throughout the course of Thursday,March 28 2103 and plans were being prepared to move supplies from mobile generation to the main network throughout the course of Friday March 29 2013. Continue reading Kintyre gets mains electricity power restored
Despite Kintyre being effectively cut off for four four days, Scottish Cabinet Secretary Nicola Sturgeon has refused to say if the area will receive extra government funding invested in its infrastructure.
She visited those in the area hit by the power failure and lack of supplies.
Read what she had to say in the Campbeltown Courier,March 29 2013,and on line at www.campbeltowncourier.co.uk/digital
The Courier has 13 pages of how people coped,stories of snow drifts 20-foot high,community spirit to the fore,Herculanean efforts by engineers to reconnect power,food shortages,epic journeys and more in our paper of March 29 2013.
Don’t forget to pick up your copy or read it on line at www.campbeltowncourier.co.uk/digital
Working to clear a side road near Clachan at the weekend.
While the A83 at Clachan is now open with traffic moving under police convoy,Argyll and Bute Council and their partners are now working to clear other roads affected by snow and low-lying power cables. Continue reading Work continues to clear Kintyre roads
Traffic queuing north of Kennacraig. Photo courtesy Scotland TranServ.
ARGYLL and Bute Council has confirmed that the A83 will be open to traffic,travelling under police convoy,from 7am on Monday 25thMarch. Continue reading A83 to open for convoys on Monday March 25
Snow drifts on the A83. Photo courtesy of Scotland TranServ.
Communities in Kintyre are currently having power supplies restored after severe weather brought down power lines throughout the area including the islands of Islay,Jura and Gigha. Continue reading Plea to conserve power use in Campbeltown
As power problems continue in Kintyre,Islay and Gigha,following high winds and heavy snow hampering access,Argyll and Bute Council has warned that many schools between Campbeltown and Tarbert and on Islay and Gigha may not open on Monday,March 25. Continue reading Council warns schools could be closed
Argyll and Bute Council teams are continuing to work on the A83 at Clachan,Kintyre which is blocked by snow.
Excavators are working at either end of the blockage and there are snow plough/gritting vehicles on standby to carry out further clearing and treatment as soon as there is access.
Scotland Transerv has sent two further snow plough/gritting vehicles which have been restocked and will be available to assist in Kintyre.
A council statement at 10.45pm on March 22 said:‘Getting the road open is our main priority and we are working closely with SSE whose engineers are in the area working to restore power to homes across Argyll and Bute and especially in the Kintyre area.
‘The power company has sent extra staff to the area along with generators and every effort is being made to ensure people have their electricity supply restored as soon as possible. ‘However,SSE has advised that some homes in Campbeltown and on the Kintyre Peninsula will remain without power overnight and into Saturday afternoon.
‘We continue to liaise very closely with other agencies in the area including police,NHS Highland and SSE. Making sure that vulnerable people in our communities are warm,safe and cared for is a key priority for us. Staff from all of the council’s services are working together on this and we have contingency plans in place if needed,co-operating with other agencies. Vulnerable customers have been visited or contacted,staff are meeting regularly and we are closely monitoring the situation across Argyll and Bute.
‘We would encourage people to look out for others in their communities,especially elderly relatives,friends or neighbours.
‘Our website and Twitter feed are being updated regularly and we are in frequent contact with other agencies in a co-ordinated effort as we cope with the effects of the severe weather and ensure that we have robust plans in place should it continue over the weekend.’
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Road from Glenbarr to Campbeltown March 22 2013
Schools have been closed and bus services disrupted or cancelled to and from Kintyre as heavy snow has hit the area overnight and today. Continue reading A83 closed at Clachan as snow hits Kintyre
Campbeltown has been cited as a model of how an area can be rejuvenated via marine tourism by chief executive of Argyll and the Isles Tourism Mike Storey.
Read more on this and the Argyll and the Isles Tourism Summit in the Campbeltown Courier,March 22 2013 and on line at www.campbeltowncourier.co.uk/digital