Hotel power cuts anger

Jenny Nevill of the Tregenna, Adrian Smirthwaite of the Albany, Stuart Johnson of the Allendale and Dawn Smirthwaite of the Tregenna.
Jenny Nevill of the Tregenna, Adrian Smirthwaite of the Albany, Stuart Johnson of the Allendale and Dawn Smirthwaite of the Tregenna.
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POWER failures are forcing guests to go hungry, according to a group of business owners.

Hoteliers on Albert Road, Blackpool, have been unable to serve cooked breakfasts on two mornings this week after the electricity went off.

It follows on from similar problems earlier in the season.

Now they are calling on electricity chiefs to fix the problem which they fear will hit trade.

Adrian Smurthwaite, of the Albany Hotel, told The Gazette: “This is our busiest week of the year, and for two mornings we had no power from about 8.30am until noon.

“We couldn’t serve breakfast or clean the rooms.

“It happened around Easter time too. It’s difficult enough running a business but we should be able to rely on our electricity supply.”

Jenny Nevill, of neighbour The Tregenna, added: “It happened at Easter when we had all the dancers in.

“It’s not easy explaining to Russians why they can’t use their hairdryers or charge their phones.

“Now it has happened again. We could only serve cereals and fruit juice when guests were expecting a cooked breakfast.”

Electricity chiefs said they were aware of the situation.

A spokesman for Electricity North West said: “Due to the increase in demand on the local electricity network, 13 properties on Albert Road, Blackpool, experienced two power outages this week.

“The first occurred on Monday at 8.58am and our engineers arrived on site and successfully restored power by 10.55am. On Tuesday another power outage took place at 8.44am and electricity was restored at 11.55am.

“The local network has become overloaded as properties have increased their demand for electricity. Our engineers have taken measures to prevent the overloading of electricity and we will be monitoring the usage.”

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