Tuesday, 4 January 2022

Storm Arwen public meetings

I hope you have had a merry Christmas and wishing you a happy New Year.

It has been a difficult time for our local communities, with long power outages caused by huge damage to electricity lines and water supplies in the aftermath of Storm Arwen last year.

I want to say a big thank you to so many: the engineers reconnecting power in very tough weather, local businesses, generator providers, and also the local community who have helped out their neighbours.

Clearly, lots of lessons need to be learnt from this crisis. I welcome the launch of Ofgem’s investigation into what went wrong. Communications and managing expectations from Northern Powergrid were appalling throughout the power outages and I will continue to push for significant improvements to be made.

As you may be aware, I will be holding a series of public meetings on the response to Storm Arwen across the constituency in village halls in January. The meetings will ensure local people have their voices heard by representatives of the companies in question and that there are proper community representations in the Ofgem investigation.

The public meetings will be held at the following locations:

  • 13th January 18:00 – 20:00, Darras Hall Primary School
  • 14th January 18:00 – 20:00, Bellingham Village Hall
  • 27th January 18:00 – 20:00, Hexham Mart
  • 28th January 19:00 – 21:00, Allendale Village Hall

If you would like to attend one of these meetings, please do signup by visiting: https://www.guyopperman.co.uk/StormArwen, calling 01434 239 205 or email: guy.opperman@parliament.uk.

Again, I am very proud of how our community has rallied through this very difficult time. Please do contact my office if there’s anything I can help with.