Tyne & Wear

Otterburn to be compensated for A696 turbine fall closure

Wind turbine stem recovery
Image caption Heavy plant had to be brought in to remove the turbine

Businesses in a Northumberland village which lost trade when a turbine came off a lorry and blocked a main road are to receive compensation.

The A696 through Otterburn was closed for five days in May when the 147ft (45m) turbine closed the road.

Local businesses described it as "devastating" for passing trade.

EDF Energy and haulage firm McFadyens have offered an apology and promised to pay an estimated £10,000 to the village's community fund.

'Positive' meeting

A meeting was held at the Percy Arms in the village, which was chaired by local MP Guy Opperman, who described it as "very productive".

He said: "I'm very pleased that the relative companies here will be stepping up to the plate and making compensatory payments to the community fund.

"They are also looking favourably at making payments to individual businesses which have lost money, provided they can show they have made a recognisable loss."

Gordon Moore, who runs the Border Reiver shop in the village, said: "It's not in anyone's interest for this not to be resolved, so I think we can work towards a common goal."

EDF Energy and McFadyens said in a joint statement that the meeting had been positive.

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