Power cut crisis kits help residents

Power cuts on Eliot drive, Kirk Hallam. Gwilym Jones with some of the items provided by the power company.
Power cuts on Eliot drive, Kirk Hallam. Gwilym Jones with some of the items provided by the power company.
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PENSIONERS who have been experiencing random power cuts have told the Advertiser they ‘just want to get back to normal’.

The homes of 23 people living in areas of Kirk Hallam including Eliot Drive, Sandringham Place and Windemere Avenue have been cut off due to a fault which electricity distribution company Central Networks are trying to fix.

Gwilym Jones, 90 and his wife Mavis, 86, have experienced four or five power cuts at varying times of day and night over the last week.

Mr Jones said: “We’re coping alright but we just want to get back to normal really.

“The electricity company are doing everything they can, I understand because I used to work for the electric before I retired.”

Most of the people living in the area affected are elderly which prompted local councillor, John Frudd to contact Central Networks and find out what the problem is.

He said: “The power cuts will continue to occur until a fault on one of the cables is pinpointed.

“Until the cable blows altogether it is very difficult to know where it is.”

In the meantime Central Networks supplied Cllr Frudd with emergency packs, including an analogue phone, thermal blankets, gloves and a torch, to distribute to pensioners.

Cllr Frudd added: “I had no idea these packs existed until staff at Central Networks suggested they send some to help make life more comfortable for residents during the power cuts that they are unfortunately experiencing.”

A spokesman for Central Networks said: “We’ve had repeated problems with fuses blowing where there is a faulty section of cable but we’ve not yet been able to locate the fault.

“We’ve fitted monitoring equipment to try and find the source of the problem.”