Support was given for a study into a green-energy scheme, which could eventually see Belford become a self -sufficient village.
Dr David Morrison and Roy Dodds, from Belford Energy Saving Together (Best), attended last Thursday’s meeting of the parish council looking for backing for their bid for funding from the county council’s Community Chest fund.
The group is interested in setting up an anaerobic digester in the village. Food waste is put in and methane gas is produced and burnt to create electricity.
Dr Morrison told the meeting that an obvious use for the electricity produced would be to power electric vehicles, which could collect food waste daily in the village.
This would allow clean, recyclable waste such as plastics to be sold.
This scheme would also provide employment – another key issue for north Northumberland communities such as Belford.
Dr Morrison said: “This would, I think, provide a future for Belford, which I can’t think will be done any other way.”
Following questions from members, it was confirmed that other potential uses could be found for the electricity such as powering the street lighting in the village, which could set up a tariff scheme with power providers as with solar panels.