MP writes to power chiefs over gas outage in rural Fylde

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies has written to National Grid bosses after hundreds of homes and businesses were left without gas over the weekend.

The Member of Parliament has asked for answers after around 1,000 properties in Elswick and Little Eccleston, as well as Great Eccleston in the neighbouring constituency, were left without heating and cooking facilities throughout the weekend.

The issue came about after a local mains connection was damaged by highways workers.

While the National Grid has confirmed that the majority of the properties have been reconnected, Mr Menzies wanted assurances that everything possible had been done to bring services back online as soon as possible and to help struggling residents while gas remained unavailable.

The MP added: “This weekend, I was contacted by a number of constituents from Elswick and Little Eccleston who had been left without gas after a local mains connection was damaged.

“On Monday, I contacted the National Grid who informed me that all properties had been visited and the majority of the 1,000 homes and businesses affected had been reconnected.

“The remaining 50 were still without supply because engineers in the area had not been able to contact the owners, something they were still endeavouring to do.

“I have now written to the Chief Executive at the National Grid to ensure all the necessary steps were taken to assist people who may have been struggling to cook and heat their homes in the cold conditions, and to get the supply back on as soon as possible.

“I have also asked what compensation may be available to those businesses in the area which lost revenue due to the outage.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank all those people who I know assisted their friends and neighbours during this incident. In Fylde we have many close-knit communities and I am always proud when I see people come together to help each other on occasions like this.”

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