Action call at ‘dangerous’ substation

Cllr John Frudd at Erewahs Square substation.
Cllr John Frudd at Erewahs Square substation.

New measures to protect an Ilkeston substation from vandals are not good enough, a councillor has said.

The substation, next to a children’s playground in Erewash Square, Larklands, was targeted by arsonists last year, cutting neighbour’s power and risking lives.

Labour county councillor for Ilkeston South, John Frudd said a new steel fence is not high enough to deter trespassers.

“Any agile ten-year-old could easily scale this barrier, seriously compromising the protection of the station and their own personal safety,” he said.

“I would have expected more adequate measures that would, in all but the most determined cases, deter anyone form gaining access to what is a potentially lethal location, especially given its past history.

“I will now be demanding that the substation receives the proper protection it needs.”

Arsonists struck almost exactly a year ago, cutting power to a number of homes.

Fences have been erected to deter trespassers.