Lights go out in communities across New Forest

A powercut has this evening hit more than a thousand Hampshire homes.

The lights went out across a number of communities in the New Forest at around 6.15pm today.

At first around 1,700 homes across Lymington, New Milton, Tiptoe, Bashley, Hinton and Christchurch were affected.

But by 7.30pm that number was down to 1,000.

Southern Electric say they do not currently know what the problem and there is no time scale for re-connection - but engineers are working to fix the fault as soon as possible.

 

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12:14am Mon 3 Feb 14

Pikey Pete says...

I bought a lamp the other day from www.soulalma.com It doesnt need to be plugged in.

It lights up the room like a normal light. But needs no mains power. So in power cuts it is brilliant.
I bought a lamp the other day from www.soulalma.com It doesnt need to be plugged in. It lights up the room like a normal light. But needs no mains power. So in power cuts it is brilliant. Pikey Pete
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12:54am Mon 3 Feb 14

Mr S R Parker says...

This is the 3rd serious power cut in BH25 New Milton in about a week and it's not good enough.I would like to know who is held accountable for these outages and what is now being done to ensure the reliability of our power supplies going forward. The obscure updates on SSE's web site are not good enough, I want to know what the fault was and why it has taken well over a week to restore reliability. It seems that the huge profits of these major monopolies is being put before service to we humble folk who pay the bills !
This is the 3rd serious power cut in BH25 New Milton in about a week and it's not good enough.I would like to know who is held accountable for these outages and what is now being done to ensure the reliability of our power supplies going forward. The obscure updates on SSE's web site are not good enough, I want to know what the fault was and why it has taken well over a week to restore reliability. It seems that the huge profits of these major monopolies is being put before service to we humble folk who pay the bills ! Mr S R Parker
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7:32pm Mon 3 Feb 14

tucats says...

Ditto everything that Mr Parker has already said, The previous 2 outages last week were of 2 hours and 5 hours duration, which were bad enough. Last night's, for us, was for 9 hours! The power came back at 3am. We can understand the first outage, which was during the tornado / storm. We can understand that the 5 hour outage might have been for making a permanent fix to that problem. The 9 hour outage leads me to think that something isn't being maintained correctly. It's unnaceptable. The lack of information more so. We also want to know what is going on and what is being done to ensure reliability for the future.
Ditto everything that Mr Parker has already said, The previous 2 outages last week were of 2 hours and 5 hours duration, which were bad enough. Last night's, for us, was for 9 hours! The power came back at 3am. We can understand the first outage, which was during the tornado / storm. We can understand that the 5 hour outage might have been for making a permanent fix to that problem. The 9 hour outage leads me to think that something isn't being maintained correctly. It's unnaceptable. The lack of information more so. We also want to know what is going on and what is being done to ensure reliability for the future. tucats
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9:16pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Mr S R Parker says...

They responded to me on Facebook, apparently all the outages were related to separate faults, fair enough given the weird weather perhaps. What is worrying is that they actually admitted that there is now a temporary fix in place. They say further planned outages may be required (which they will inform people about).

One might suppose that the permanent fix will be to make things more reliable and hence we are currently at increased risk of outages until then ? Who knows, I suspect if this temporary solution was hurting their bottom line then they would fix it PDQ
They responded to me on Facebook, apparently all the outages were related to separate faults, fair enough given the weird weather perhaps. What is worrying is that they actually admitted that there is now a temporary fix in place. They say further planned outages may be required (which they will inform people about). One might suppose that the permanent fix will be to make things more reliable and hence we are currently at increased risk of outages until then ? Who knows, I suspect if this temporary solution was hurting their bottom line then they would fix it PDQ Mr S R Parker
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