ANGRY traders have criticised electricity bosses after five days of continuous power cuts – just days before the busiest shopping period of the year.
Kirkham shop owners have had to resort to using generators and candles to keep their shops lit after power failures dogged the town centre.
Now Electricity North West has come under fire from traders and councillors.
Steve Lilley, owner of Grundy’s Ironmongers, on Poulton Street, and vice-chairman of the Kirkham Business Group, said: “It is absolutely ridiculous. When demand increases, the system can’t handle it.”
Issues with power started on Friday, with some shops and homes on Poulton Street, Birley Street and Freckleton Street experiencing cuts throughout the day.
Market Square, Preston Street and Poulton Street suffered a blackout until after 9pm on Saturday. There were also power failures on Monday and Tuesday. Coun Liz Oades said: “I am really angry about this. I’ve had many businesses get in touch concerned at what is happening. It is close to Christmas and it just isn’t good enough.”
Phil Briggs, from Electricity North West, said: “We apologise to customers affected by this intermittent underground cable fault. The nature of these faults makes them very difficult to identify.
“We have had engineers on site since Friday. They have used specialist equipment to detect the location of the fault so we could unearth the cable in the right place to repair it as quickly as possible.
“The fault, which affected 32 customers in Kirkham, was repaired on Tuesday.”