SHOPKEEPERS are demanding action after they were hit by a string of power cuts over the busiest shopping period of the year.
Traders in Lee-on-the-Solent have suffered three blackouts in recent weeks, including one on Christmas Eve.
They are now urging the electricity company responsible to start work to fix the problem to stop it happening again.
Peter Patterson, who owns a greengrocers in the High Street, said: ‘It’s been quite a nuisance.
‘We had a power failure in the middle of Christmas Eve morning while we were trading.
‘It’s a very busy time for us so it was extremely unfortunate. It wasn’t just our shop – there were a few on the same side of the High Street.
‘We had no power and for security reasons it is best to close.
‘Eventually we managed to sort something out and everybody came together to help but it’s not ideal.’
Shopkeepers in High Street then suffered another power failure on December 30.
Mr Patterson says he is worried new developments in the area might be overloading the electricity supply.
‘We have had new developments in the area and we are worried this is putting too much on the system,’ he said.
‘In the 20 years I have been here we have never been off supply before so to have three power cuts like this is causing some concern and we would like it fixed.’
Southern Electric said the problem was down to a rogue circuit which causes fuses in the street’s substation to blow.
Spokeswoman Samantha O’Connor said: ‘We would like to thank the customers of High Street for their patience during the recent interruptions to supply.
‘Our engineers believe this is due to a fault on our underground network.
‘Investigations are under way to find the exact location of this fault so that we can carry out repairs.’