Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP, Murdo Fraser, has called on Scottish Gas Networks to work speedily to reconnect the 1,300 properties in Scone who have been left without gas following a fault in the network.
On Tuesday evening gas supplies to properties in Scone were lost as a result of water entering the network and SGN engineers are currently working to establish the source of the leak.
SGN have contacted all customers and have provided a makeshift customer service site in the park of the Old Parish Church and a welfare centre at the Wheel Inn. Hotplates and heaters have been made available as well as additional support for elderly or vulnerable residents.
Unfortunately, SGN have given no indication of when gas supplies will return to normal.
Commenting Murdo Fraser MSP said:
“This is a serious incident and my thoughts go out to all those who are affected. Being without gas during the winter is particularly tough and I hope that elderly and vulnerable residents are able to get the support they need to ensure they are kept warm and have enough food.
“I would encourage anyone requiring assistance to contact SGN via their customer service number or access the customer service centre at the Old Parish Church or the Wheel Inn where heaters and hotplates have been made available.
“It is important that SGN engineers work quickly to identify the fault and get homes reconnected to their gas supplies as soon as possible. However, it is concerning that there is no timescale for reconnection and I would urge SGN to communicate clearly with affected residents. This is clearly a complex incident and I would call on SGN to ensure that this fault isn’t replicated here or elsewhere in the network.”