Power problems still being looked at by engineers

INVESTIGATION Power problems in Hampshire are being probed.
INVESTIGATION Power problems in Hampshire are being probed.
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ENGINEERS are trying to establish why 1,100 homes were left without power.

As reported in The News yesterday, homes in Copnor, Portsmouth, Lovedean, Cowplain and Waterlooville lost electricity from about 1.40pm on Sunday.

It took Southern Electric Power Distribution’s workers nearly four hours to get things back up and running.

The company has since discovered there was a fault with an underground cable, but it is still assessing what was wrong with it.

A decision is to be made over whether it needs replacing or if maintenance work needs to be done in other parts of the network.

Duncan MacDonald, a spokesman for Southern Electric Power Distribution, said: ‘We were able to bring back customers’ power back in stages.

‘There was a fault in the underground cable network.

‘The priority was to get each customer’s supply back on as quickly and as safely as we could.

‘We are now carrying out our fault-finding and repair work.

‘We would like to apologise to our customers for any inconvenience or annoyance it has caused.

‘As part of the fault-finding work, we will find out exactly what happened.

‘We need to know what has caused the fault to take steps, whether that means putting in a new cable or carrying out more work across the network.’

The incident comes after 3,000 homes in the Fareham area were left without electricity early on Saturday, June 29. A problem with the underground cable network led to about 2,800 homes being cut off.

Councillor Robert New, who represents Copnor on Portsmouth City Council, said more should be done to stop power cuts happening so often.

‘There is a lot more Southern Electric could do,’ he said.

‘For a company with such a huge turnover, perhaps it could invest in more engineers.

‘That’s a lot of people to be without a power supply.

‘From a normal resident’s point of view, something like this is an inconvenience.

‘Perhaps it’s not putting an emphasis on the local community.

‘You would think that it would want to help because a lot of their workers come from these sort of areas. You would think it would want to be giving them a good service.’