Eastleigh MP Chris Huhne has criticised Southern Electricity for failing to stop power cuts that are threatening business and job prospects in the town.
Mr. Huhne has written to the chief executive of Scottish and Southern Energy to complain about five power cuts in the town centre since the end of December that have resulted in lost business for the 26 shops affected.
This website has previously reported that power cuts on the 5th January followed by snow the next day had given Town Centre businesses an awful start to the New Year.
“It’s time to put a bit of spark into Southern Electric, who do not appear to realise the damage and disruption that these power cuts are causing in Eastleigh” said Mr. Huhne. “Three years ago there was a similar problem which was not sorted out until there was a small explosion in the cable”
Mr. Huhne said that five power cuts in little more than a month in a busy commercial area was the sort of pattern that fell well short of the standards of service that users were entitled to expect. He warned that the power cuts are likely to damage businesses and job prospects in the town if allowed to continue.
The deregulation and fragmentation of the Gas and Electricity industries in 1989 by the Thatcher government was supposed to lead to more efficient and cheaper energy provision through competition in the free market. Has it succeeded?