Let their be light plea from householder plagued by power cuts for almost 20 years

Power cut problems on the Woodlands Estate, Ampthill. PNL-141111-124617001
Power cut problems on the Woodlands Estate, Ampthill. PNL-141111-124617001

A long suffering Ampthill householder is calling for action after 19 years of power cuts in his neighbourhood.

Retired electrical engineer Patrick McKay says the Woodlands Estate has been plagued by black outs since he moved there in 1995.

Almost 500 homes were plunged into darkness just before 1am on Sunday.

Patrick, of Wingate Road, said: “We moved here when it was a new build and this just happens time and time again and then they have to bring the generator in.

“I just wish they would get it sorted. I’m sure I’m not the only one that is fed up to the back teeth with it and people that live near the generator must be fed up because they have got that rumbling away. There’s also the smell of diesel fumes, not to mention the inconvenience to the traffic because half the road has to be closed off.”

UK Power Networks said repairs to a fault on the high voltage underground cable are ongoing and generators are now supplying 253 homes after power was restored to 234 customers during the early hours of Sunday.

A spokesman said: “We apologise for the inconvenience caused.

“Our records show there have been a number of faults in the area. In the 1990s there were problems with low voltage cables which were caused by additional demands on the network. These problems were rectified by reinforcing the local low voltage network. In more recent times there have been a number of power cuts – some which lasted a few minutes and were caused by debris being blown onto overhead lines but no equipment faults were found, and some which lasted longer and were linked to faults on the high voltage underground network. These faults were repaired.”

She said they will continue to monitor the situation.

Patrick said: “I just wonder how much it’s costing them to have this generator running and also having to call people out in the dead of night.”