Fire highlights need for community plan

A fire which led to a 14 hour power cut for residents in Burnmouth, emphasised the need for a Resilient Communities Plan for the village says one campaigner.

An electricity pole caught fire last Wednesday afternoon at around 1.30pm immediately impacting on the electricity supplies of the houses nearby.

Nearly half of the village was without power, with only the Cowdrait and Ross areas and a few other homes escaping the cut.

Power wasn’t restored until after 3am on Thursday morning, meaning residents had a frustrating and rather chilly 14 hours.

Secretary of Burnmouth Community Council Lynne Craighead said the incident highlighted the importance of the village having its own Resilient Communities Plan.

“In a situation like this it would have been good for people to have a point of contact to get updates from the electricity board and someone to check everyone was alright,” she commented.

“A questionnaire sent out by SBC in relation to a plan received a poor response but I hope there might be more interest now.

“Every village has different situations to deal with and I think that’s why it would be hugely beneficial to have a system in place for Burnmouth.”