SNP MP for Gordon, Richard Thomson, and Councillor for Huntly, Strathbogie & Howe of Alford Gwyneth Petrie have written to the organisations and agencies that responded to the Huntly gas outage to express thanks for their efforts on behalf of the community.
Around 4,500 properties in the Huntly and Keith area reported having no gas on Tuesday morning. The outage happened at one of the coldest points of the year so far for the area and many spent a night without gas. Following work from engineers, the power was restored by Wednesday afternoon.
The SNP politicians have sent the letter to gas supplier SGN, Aberdeenshire Council, local Police and Fire Commanders, NHS Grampian and the Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership.
Commenting, Mr Thomson said: “It is a testimony to the multi-agency response as well as the wider community volunteer response which took place that this prolonged loss of the gas supply did not have more serious consequences. My thanks go to everyone involved in supporting all of those who were affected.
“However successful the operation was, lessons can always be taken from incidents of this nature. Cllr Petrie and I are now asking that a multi-agency discussion be held so that all aspects of this incident can be examined and lessons learned wherever possible.”
Councillor Petrie commented: “I would like to extend my thanks to all who stepped up to help in the community when the outage occurred. Huntly residents should be proud of how local organisations, agencies and people came forward to assist in any way they could. This is proof of the strong community spirit our town has.
“From the engineers to the community groups, to our fire and police services – they came out in pretty poor conditions, willing to help and assist in any way, and with a good humour throughout. It really made all the difference.
“Every incident can provide an opportunity for learning and I look forward to working alongside Mr Thomson to arrange a multi-agency look into all aspects of the response, and to ensure any improvements can be put in place for any future similar events.”
Information on compensation for the outage has been detailed on the SGN website and is available here: https://sgn.co.uk/news/loss-of-gas-supply-huntly-and-keith-aberdeenshire