Major scheme to end power cuts in outlying areas of Midhurst

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A £275,000 scheme has started in a bid to end the winter power cut nightmare for hundreds of villagers in the outlying areas of Midhurst.

Southern Electric Power Distribution (SEPD) engineers are laying a two kilometre cable underground between Redford and Linch.

It is the second major scheme in the area to improve power supplies in Milland, Redford and Linch where villagers have been left in the dark in the past three years as winter storms have battered the countryside.

Last summer 200 tree-cutters and specialist contractors carried out £350,000 of work in the biggest-ever tree-cutting operation undertaken by the power company.

Kevin Cracknell, SEPD’s head of network upgrades, said: “Electricity in the area is currently distributed via overhead lines, and the new cable will make the network more robust and less susceptible to lengthier power cuts caused by tree damage or other airborne debris. In the rare event of a power cut, engineers will be able to restore supplies more quickly by re-routing them onto the new cable. Last year’s tree-cutting programme has gone a long way to improving the reliability of supplies and this new cable will bring further improvements.

“If ever we need to turn the power off for essential maintenance, or on the rare occasion that there is a power cut, we can safely re-route supplies to the new cable within minutes, and minimise any inconvenience.”

The road through Woolbeding will be closed until September 30 while work is carried out and a diversion is in place.

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