Village gets another payout

A Northumberland village that was hit by power cuts over the Christmas period is to receive a £1,000 compensation payout from Northern Powergrid.

Power cuts led to a generator being brought in to provide electricity but parish council chairman John Hartsthorne explained that it kept running out of fuel.

The issue has now been rectified permanently and the £1,000 offered as an apology.

Last week, the Gazette reported that Otterburn is to get £18,000 from EDF Energy Renewables for the disturbance caused when a turbine transporter toppled into a ditch, closing the A696 approach to the village, in May last year.

Coun Hartsthorne said that they were looking at using the money for three different projects; the Rede, Tyne and Coquetdale Sports Centre, a ‘long-overdue’ road crossing in the village, which is hoped will also act as a traffic-calming measure and upgrading some of the playground equipment for the community’s youngsters.