Families have been plagued by power cuts for 15 years

Power cuts have plagued families in a Calderdale village for 15 years – but at last a solution seems to be in sight.

Locals in Hipperholme, Halifax told election candidate Joseph Thompson that outages were a regular occurrence for years.

They said now many are working from home as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the blackouts are having an even greater impact.

Mr Thompson, who is contesting the ward for Labour, raised the issue with Northern Powergrid on behalf of the residents.

The company said it was conducting detailed investigations into the issues, drawing in everything from foot patrols to helicopter sweeps which used thermal imaging equipment.

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Joseph Thompson raised the issue with Northern Powergrid on behalf of Hipperholme residents

It now believes it may have finally pinned down what has been causing power to cut out and frustrating residents.

A spokeswoman for Northern Powergrid confirmed that the company has identified and replaced a faulty auto-recloser circuit breaker device following the investigations and patrols of the network.

She said: “We’ve been focused on finding the cause of the recent interruptions and have completed detailed walking and helicopter patrols of the overhead power network.

“These patrols identified a problem with an auto-recloser on one of our poles, which was not working as it should.

“The auto-recloser is a protective safety mechanism which automatically switches the power off when something comes into contact with our cables, and switches the power back on once it has cleared,” she said.

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The spokesperson said the device was replaced on February 22 and more inspection and refurbishment work was planned this spring.

“As a result of our detailed inspections of the power network we’re also carrying out some additional overhead refurbishment work and are currently communicating with local landowners to gain the correct permissions to allow us to make a start during April.

“The work will take several weeks to complete and will improve the resilience of the network and help mitigate the risk of potential faults in the future.

“I’d like to once again thank our customers for their on-going patience and understanding,” she said.

YorkshireLive – Halifax