Retirement park residents without power for more than 24 hours

PUBLISHED: 12:45 27 October 2011

View of Locking Village Sign.; 1-9-09

View of Locking Village Sign.; 1-9-09

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RESIDENTS at a retirement park outside Weston have been without power for more than 24 hours after a power failure.

Around 30 homes at Oaktree Park in Locking have been affected after the fault with an electrical cable, which happened after routine work yesterday morning.

The planned work was carried out at around 7.30am yesterday and was due to leave residents without electricity for around 10 hours, but some residents have been unable to use any electricity since, causing some to temporarily move out.

Paula Bradshaw, whose parents are park residents, said: “I think it’s disgusting, my parents have had to go away for the moment as they can’t shower, cook or do anything, and they haven’t been offered hot water or other alternatives by the park.

“Elderly people here not being able to have power for 10 hours yesterday was bad enough, but this is ridiculous.”

Catherine Look, the park’s director, said: “This is very regrettable, but we are hopeful we can have all the homes back on power through a generator today.

“The problem is with a cable underground which appears to have blown up, we think we know where it is and our staff and contractors are working incredibly hard to make sure everyone has power as soon as possible.”

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