Portsmouth’s power supplier to explain cuts prevention plan

Jacquie Shaw of the NMRN

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THE company which supplies Portsmouth’s electricity is to explain its policy to prevent power cuts.

Southern Electric has told Portsmouth City Council leader Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson it will write to him outlining its plans to ensure the city suffers fewer black-outs.

It follows a series of power cuts in the city in the last year, starting in June, when 47,000 customers lost power because of a fire at Warblington Street sub-station, Old Portsmouth.

Cllr Vernon-Jackson said: ‘I visited the company to talk to them about their work supplying the city with electricity. They explained some issues they’ve faced, and agreed to send me a letter outlining how they’re improving our electricity supply. When they do, I will publicise the plan.’

The leader has previously threatened to ask the government to replace the firm if the situation didn’t improve.

He said: ‘I’m reassured they are working to replace equipment, but I have made it clear the residents of this city expect and deserve an unbroken supply of electricity.’