Council leader warns Southern Electric over power cuts

Portsmouth City Council leader Gerald Vernon-Jackson
Portsmouth City Council leader Gerald Vernon-Jackson

A COUNCIL leader has called for energy giant Southern Electric to up its game in Portsmouth after hundreds of homes lost power this evening.

The News understands about 216 homes across Eastney, around the Lidiard Gardens area of the city, lost power for about 40 minutes.

The supply returned minutes ago at about 5.40pm. However, Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson, leader of Portsmouth City Council, has slammed the supplier.

It comes after a spate of power cuts in recent weeks which have affected thousands of residents across the Portsmouth area.

Speaking to The News, Cllr Vernon-Jackson said: 'Southern Electric has a duty to make sure that they can provide electricity to people. People depend on it. 

'But once again they have been unable to do this. If Southern Electric can't guarantee the perhaps the city needs a new supplier.'