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Major works announced to fix Marlow power cut problems
MAJOR works to fix problems causing a spate of town centre power cuts have been announced.
Southern Electric has promised to tackle the problem and said sorry again for the difficulties.
Traders recently hit out at the power cuts which had been becoming more frequent along the Spittal Street area.
Businesses, including O'Donaghues pub and Bentley's dry cleaners, said they were losing vital income because of frequent losses of power.
From November 4 teams will be installing new, stronger and more resilient underground cables in the town centre, Southern Electric said.
For the safety of staff, road-users and pedestrians, there will be traffic lights in operation whilst work is done in certain parts of the town centre.
John Wright, SEPD Operations Manager, said: "I’d like to apologise for the power cuts which have occurred in the town centre and Spittal Street areas in recent months and am pleased to confirm that we will shortly be carrying out work which will make the local network more robust and minimise the risk of power cuts in the years ahead.
"All of this work will take around ten days to complete and customers’ supplies won’t be affected by anything we’re doing.
"When the project is complete, we’re confident that it will mean a much improved service for the businesses and householders in the town centre area of Marlow.
"We’re committed to providing the best level of service possible, and when there is a problem we want to get it fixed as safely and as quickly as possible."
Annie Mulady, President of Marlow and District Chamber of Trade and Commerce said: "The issues relating to the loss of power to businesses in Marlow have obviously had a detrimental effect on a number of our members which has not only been frustrating but also resulted in a loss of business.
"However, we are delighted that SEPD is not only working to resolve the short term issues but taking a longer term view in ensuring that the town has a more robust system in place to minimise the risk of future problems for both business and householders in the town."
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