Work progressing to get connected to grid


A campaign group which is trying to get rural properties in the Coquet Valley connected to mains electricity is making progress with its plans.

Shona Anderson, whose family farms at Linshiels, near Alwinton, and friends who live in remote parts of the valley rely on generators to light their homes as they are not connected to the national grid.

But the group has come together to fight for better services.

They are now working with the Ministry of Defence, which owns some of the land, Northumberland National Park, Northumberland County Council, Arch Digital and Northern Power Grid as well as Coun Steven Bridgett, MP Sir Alan Beith and Conservative parliamentary candidate, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, to look at ways forward.

Plus they are working with staff at Morpeth’s County Hall to appoint a project manager so that a funding bid can be made to the North East Local Enterprise Partnership.

In a previous report in the Gazette, it was quoted that the cost for getting mains electricity to just one property, using underground cables, would cost in the region of £600,000 .

Shona said: “We are making progress and are preparing a submission for funding.

“We have had good meetings with all the agencies and very good support from the groups we’ve been working with.”