Anger at shock electricity power failures

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RESIDENTS of the Horderns area of Chapel-en-le-Frith were furious when Electricity North West temporarily switched off their supplies for two days without any adequate notice during essential tree pruning.

Some houses received cards last week indicating that the supply would be disconnected on Tuesday, April 3. The following day they received a card saying they would be disconnected on Tuesday, the fourth.

Locals learned later that the supply was in fact to be disconnected on both days, but a large number of residents had not even been informed of the situation by cards, which included a number of elderly residents and people who work from home with computers.

Local parish councillor Nigel Bradbury raised the issue at Tuesday night’s parish council meeting.

Electricity supplies were due to be affected on both Monday and Tuesday as part of a programme of tree cutting near lines.

There does seem to be some confusion over dates, but a new card with the correct date was issued before the works started, said a spokeswoman for Electricity North West.

Work on the tree pruning was postponed on Wednesday due to the bad weather. Residents will receive further information when the work resumes.