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POWER CUTS: ‘We’ve thrown away whole freezer-loads of fresh produce’

 Published on: 18th November 2023   |   By: Sophia Sheera   |   Category: Uncategorized

A business in Old Amersham has spoken out about “endless power-cuts” and roads that are “constantly closed” to the detriment of local enterprise.

According to Lina Dimino, the manager of Amersham House Café, kitchen staff have become accustomed to throwing away “whole crates” of fresh food and drink following overnight power-cuts that leave freezers lukewarm for hours.

“It’s been issue after issue, all for different reasons,” she sighed. “Because there isn’t just one problem, we don’t know who to speak to.

“But whether it’s a sign saying there’s no parking for six weeks right outside the restaurant, or power-cuts caused by electric cables underneath the pavement going up in smoke, we’ve lost a huge amount of trade and produce,” Lina explained.

“Insurance doesn’t pay out after each small incident, but over months and months the costs add up.”

A representative from Amersham Town Council, which is itself based in Old Amersham, added that council staff are “all too aware of the work going on and the disruption caused”.

AmershamNews contacted UK Power Networks to find out more. A spokesperson offered the following statement: “We would like to apologise to residents in Old Amersham for recent power cuts, which we are investigating.

“Our team has been monitoring the local network and is arranging for line patrols to take place, as no fault has been found on the electricity cables serving the area.

Sometimes a temporary issue can be the cause such as a tree branch touching an overhead power line. One of the last incidents was September 26 when power was briefly interrupted to several hundred properties. We always restore the power as quickly as possible.

“Residents are welcome to call us on 105 at any time, so we can help provide support and information, or see our website for updates.”

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