Mike Freer welcomes action by UK Power Networks to prevent further power cuts

 Local MP, Mike Freer, has today welcomed news that UK Power Networks (UKPN) have completed work to address long standing issues with power cuts in Briarfield Avenue and surrounding streets.

UKPN, the company responsible for maintaining the National Grid in London and the South East, have announced that they have completed work to upgrade the local network. The improvements follow a meeting between Mike Freer and UKPN, at which it was agreed that the issue of power cuts around Briarfield Avenue needed to be addressed.


Speaking today, Mike said “I am very pleased that UKPN have agreed to upgrade the local network. The improvements will mean that residents previously plagued by outages should now have a much more reliable supply of electricity.”


Pat Brooks, UK Power Networks’ Head of Networks Operations for the Eastern Region said:  “We were very pleased to meet Mr Freer to personally reassure him that improvements were under way for customers in the Briarfield Avenue area following a number of power interruptions.


We recognised the need for improvements in the Briarfield Avenue area and in February a £22,000 scheme to improve the network was completed. A further £300,000 improvement scheme is currently taking place in the Golders Green area.”


The installation of a Ring Main Unit will mean that in the event of future outages, residents’ power supply can be quickly diverted to an alternative circuit whilst investigative work is carried out, preventing a cessation in the power supply. Previously, residents of Briarfield Avenue, Dudley Road, Rosemary Avenue and Manor View had suffered numerous outages throughout December and January whilst faults were located and rectified.