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Power cut affects restaurants in city centre

The Argus: Power Cut in Black Lion Street, Brighton. Pictured are team trying to fix it. Power Cut in Black Lion Street, Brighton. Pictured are team trying to fix it.

Businesses are considering seeking damages from a utility company after a city centre power cut lost thousands of pounds in trade.

Black Lion Street, Brighton was hit with the blackout between 12.45pm and 2.08pm yesterday when Southern Water contractors working on a collapsed sewer damaged a power cable.

A Southern Water spokeswoman said: “This appears to have happened when a section of concrete was being lifted away and a void in the ground caused soil to collapse onto the cable.”

Restaurants Jamie’s Italian and Pho were forced to close, as well as The Lanes Car Park and city council customer service centre at Bartholomew House.

Sarah Tinker–Taylor, general manager of Jamie’s Italian, said: “The lights all went out and fire alarms started going off. It looked like there was a complete blackout in the whole street.

“We had to send customers away without paying because the tills weren’t working.

“What with the graduation ceremonies around the corner at The Dome we should have had a very busy lunchtime.

“We had already lost a lot of walk–in trade from these road works and today we have lost at least £2,000.”

As staff had been sent home by the time power was restored the restaurant was not able to reopen until 4pm.

Alan Wong, manager of Pho, said that the Thai restaurant had lost about £1,500 in custom and said they might seek damages.

Ms Tinker–Taylor said that the management of Jamie’s Italian were also considering pursuing damages.

A spokesman for network operator UK Power Networks said: “At 12.45pm today, 212 customers in the King’s Road area of Brighton experienced an interruption to their power supplies.

“UK Power Networks engineers restored supplies to the first 39 customers at 1.54pm and to the final 173 customers at 2.08pm.”

The spokeswoman for Southern Water said: “The cable wasn’t hit directly by the worker or any equipment and no one was injured. “ “Health and safety is our top priority and we will be carrying out a full investigation into the incident. We apologise to those whose power supply was lost.”

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6:47am Thu 10 Jul 14

Hove Actually says...

So if the cable wasn't hit why did the power go out?
Me thinks it's a case of covering your own derriair
So if the cable wasn't hit why did the power go out? Me thinks it's a case of covering your own derriair Hove Actually
  • Score: -9

7:40am Thu 10 Jul 14

chrismilo says...

Only the resturants was not that bad then.
Only the resturants was not that bad then. chrismilo
  • Score: -3

8:03am Thu 10 Jul 14

hoveguyactually says...

And where was Mr Soldier-Saylor at the time?
And where was Mr Soldier-Saylor at the time? hoveguyactually
  • Score: 3

8:22am Thu 10 Jul 14

Quiterie says...

Hove Actually wrote:
So if the cable wasn't hit why did the power go out?
Me thinks it's a case of covering your own derriair
It was hit ..... by soil.

I don't think anyone noticed any change in the level of service from the Council customer service centre!
[quote][p][bold]Hove Actually[/bold] wrote: So if the cable wasn't hit why did the power go out? Me thinks it's a case of covering your own derriair[/p][/quote]It was hit ..... by soil. I don't think anyone noticed any change in the level of service from the Council customer service centre! Quiterie
  • Score: 1

8:24am Thu 10 Jul 14

rogerthefish says...

Well in my opinion no great loss in over priced Jamies but the food in Pho is great and reasonably priced so they should be compensated.
Well in my opinion no great loss in over priced Jamies but the food in Pho is great and reasonably priced so they should be compensated. rogerthefish
  • Score: 4

9:28am Thu 10 Jul 14

Morpheus says...

I wonder if the complainers would have preferred to have no sewerage removal for a few days rather than no power for a few hours. We have to repair utilities and accidents happen. Just another example of compensation culture gone mad.
I wonder if the complainers would have preferred to have no sewerage removal for a few days rather than no power for a few hours. We have to repair utilities and accidents happen. Just another example of compensation culture gone mad. Morpheus
  • Score: 1

1:06pm Thu 10 Jul 14

rolivan says...

Could somebody from the Argus explain who owns "City Centre Power Cut and exactly how many thousands of pounds they Lost?
Could somebody from the Argus explain who owns "City Centre Power Cut and exactly how many thousands of pounds they Lost? rolivan
  • Score: -1

7:00pm Thu 10 Jul 14

hoveguyactually says...

Actually, I hope no one is going to get me confused with Hove Actually.
Actually, I hope no one is going to get me confused with Hove Actually. hoveguyactually
  • Score: -1
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