Vil­lagers take con­trol of power

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

A RU­RAL com­mu­nity has taken charge of its power sup­ply thanks to a £13,390 grant from an en­ergy gi­ant.

The small port of Uig, in the north- east of the Isle of Skye, will now be able to weather win­ter storms with­out the loss of power af­ter tak­ing up de­liv­ery of two brand new gen­er­a­tors.

The Uig Com­mu­nity Trust se­cured the gen­er­a­tors through a grant from Scot­tish and South­ern Elec­tric­ity Net­works’ Com­mu­nity Re­silience Fund, which of­fers sup­port to projects up to a max­i­mum of £20,000.

One gen­er­a­tor is to be placed at the com­mu­nity- owned Uig fill­ing sta­tion and shop, with the other in­side the vil­lage hall.

Chair­women of the trust Seonag Hen­der­son, who is also a mem­ber of the hall com­mit­tee, said: ‘ We get power- cuts in Uig al­most ev­ery year dur­ing the win­ter and some have lasted for three days.

‘Many of the houses here are heated by elec­tric­ity and when the power goes out peo­ple can­not keep warm, let alone cook, and they can­not get food or fuel.

‘Hav­ing our own gen­er­a­tor will mean we can bring the com­mu­nity to­gether in the vil­lage hall, which has re­cently been do­nated a new kitchen by How­den’s in Portree, and we can keep the shop and fuel pumps work­ing.’

Uig Com­mu­nity Coun­cil and Uig Com­mu­nity Hall Com­mit­tee will fund the in­stal­la­tion of the gen­er­a­tors and the trust ex­pects they will be of great ben­e­fit to the com­mu­nity.

A spokesper­son from SSE Net­works said: ‘ We are proud to help power the com­mu­nity of Uig in prepa­ra­tion for win­ter and hope the gen­er­a­tors pro­vided through the fund will help the com­mu­nity be more re­silient in times of bad weather.’

Pic­ture: Sara Bain

Uig Com­mu­nity Trust chair­woman Seonag Hen­der­son with hus­band Ian out­side the vil­lage’s fill­ing sta­tion, where one of the new gen­er­a­tors will be in­stalled.

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