2012: Beddgelert ‘tourism businesses affected by power cuts’

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Businesses in a Snowdonia village want compensation after claims a series of power cuts has affected trade. Beddgelert Tourism Association, representing 47 businesses, says the power cuts in August hit without warning often at busy times.

Scottish Power said the faults were weather-related. The company added a meeting has been arranged with the community council to update them about future upgrading.

“The power cuts were during August and affected quite a lot of B&Bs and hotels especially when it happened over breakfast time,” said Colleen Marsden the secretary of the Beddgelert Tourism Association.

Answers needed

“Shops were also being affected as the credit card terminals were not working. On one Friday afternoon there was a particularly long period without power and many people staying in holiday cottages decided to leave a day early. There were three or four cuts in all, and although it seems to have been sorted we still need answers to our concerns, and we’re asking for compensation. I emailed Scottish Power last week on behalf of the 47 businesses the tourist association represents and I’ve still not heard back,” she added.

A spokeswoman for the power company said the problems in the village were all “weather related”.

“In one a lightning strike damaged a transformer and in a couple of others high winds brought branches down onto overhead lines.”

She added that whilst looking at the damaged overhead lines the company decided that modernising work was needed in the area.

“A meeting has been arranged with the community council at the beginning of October so that we can keep them informed about what we’re doing,” she added.

BBC, North West Wales, 23 September 2012