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Blackout for traders

PUBLISHED: 12:33 30 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:53 07 September 2010

TRADERS and residents in Crouch End are annoyed that a power cut deprived them of electricity for nine hours. Up 130 homes and shops in the Broadway, Crouch End Hill and Haringey Park were affected by the power cut from 2.30pm to 11.30pm on Sunday. This i

TRADERS and residents in Crouch End are annoyed that a power cut deprived them of electricity for nine hours.

Up 130 homes and shops in the Broadway, Crouch End Hill and Haringey Park were affected by the power cut from 2.30pm to 11.30pm on Sunday. This is the second power cut in the area since November.

Christopher Freeman, owner of Dunns Bakery in the Broadway, said: "We were lucky that it happened in the afternoon because we bake in the morning. Still, we lost several hundred pounds and had to shut early.

"We had restricted light until about 4.30pm when we had to shut. It seems to happen regularly and you are only compensated if the power goes for 12 hours."

Isaac Boyd who works at All Bar One, said: "It was bad for us because Sunday is a big day. We probably lost more than £1,000 and without refrigeration we lost stock as well.

"This is common around here. The traffic lights are always going out. And we've had four power cuts that I remember."

AN EDF spokeswoman said: "Engineers worked through the evening on Sunday to restore power to 130 customers after a fault occurred on our underground electricity network.

"Supplies were restored to 48 customers within an hour and a half of the fault, at 3.05pm. Our engineers had to interrupt power to a further 38 customers at 4.42pm while they located the fault and carried out permanent repairs to the underground network.

"They worked through the evening to cut out the damaged section of cable, restoring power to the remaining customers at 11.34pm."

Crouch End councillor Dave Winskill said: "Crouch End traders have become used to regular power blackouts. This is a reflection of the way that utility companies allow their infrastructure to deteriorate. It's about time EDF renewed all the ageing equipment beneath our feet.


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