Traders left in dark yet again

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BRIGHOUSE town centre has been hit by a major blackout for a second time in as many weeks.

More than 40 businesses in the Bethel Street area were affected by the latest power cut which was reported to CE Electric at 4.26pm on Monday.

Excavation work was carried out but on Tuesday morning owners of Anwarsons and Le Gourmet both had to fight their way into work after they arrived to find the front of their shops had been completely dug up and there was a gaping hole into the pavement.

Anwar Patel said he got the shock of his life when he arrived at 5.30am.

“I think they have left it in a state,” he said.

“I have lost a lot of my early morning trade because it was not safe to be serving but I managed to move some of the flags.”

Neighbouring business La Gourmet was also affected. Gordon Hayes said: “The barriers were totally blocking the shop up which I can see for the safety point of view but we need access. It is an absolute disgrace.”

A spokesman for CE Electric said power was restored to 43 businesses at 2.40am on Tuesday and engineers were on site until 5am to make the area safe and contractors were drafted in to fill in the hole.

“The problem has been permanently fixed.

“We would like to apologise for any inconvenience this caused and thank everyone for their patience,” he said.

Only two weeks ago 14 businesses in Market Street, Commercial Street, West Park Street and Bethel Street were left in darkness after a power cut, forcing many companies to close.

* Are you fed up of power cuts? Has your business been affected? Email: stephen.firth@brighouseecho.