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  MP welcomes 200k boost for power supply
 

  Traffic jams in Long Stratton are a regular occurence
Richard Bacon MP opens the
public meeting called to discuss the power cuts affecting the Diss area

South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon has welcomed a 200,000 scheme to improve electricity supplies to Diss and the surrounding villages, after a spate of power cuts cost local businesses thousands of pounds in lost production and damaged equipment. 

News of the investment came the day before a public meeting called by Mr Bacon about  the  Diss  area's  power

 
 

supply problems.  Mr Clive Witherly, the senior manager responsible for electricity distribution in the Diss area, admitted the supply had not been acceptable but outlined a programme of improvements totalling 200,000.  This includes the replacement of cables in the Uplands Way and Skelton Road area of Diss, and new switching gear to detect faults and restore supplies within minutes. 

Among the criticisms expressed by local businesses was the 'derisory' compensation paid to those companies who had lost many hours of production

Mr Bacon said: “I am pleased that EDF Energy has announced that this money will be spent locally.  Eight significant power cuts in a built-up area in the space of  14 months is simply unacceptable”.

2 February 2007


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