Power cuts cost Carnforth traders

Optician Philip Jones, who had to work in the dark after electricity was cut off temporarily.
Optician Philip Jones, who had to work in the dark after electricity was cut off temporarily.

BUSINESSES in Carnforth town centre were plunged into darkness without warning last week, resulting in a lost day’s earnings for many traders.

Electricity distributors North West Electricity informed 90 homes and businesses that the power would be switched off last Wednesday, May 25, but they failed to warn 15 businesses in Market Street that the electric supply would be cut for maintenance work to be carried out.

Lancashire Police also said they were not informed about the power cut, and spent all day directing traffic in the town centre due to the traffic lights not working.

Philip Jones, of Philip Jones Opticians in Market Street, said he opened his shop, but couldn’t provide any services.

“We’re an opticians so obviously we need power to go about our business,” he said.

“Everything was okay until 10am and then that was it.

“We found out it was due to be back on by 4.30pm, but it was 6.15pm before it came back on.

“If we had been warned that would have been something, but to do it with no warning whatsoever is unbelievable.”

See the Lancaster Guardian (02-06-11) for full story.