Southend Council to hold consultation event over Leigh on Sea power cuts

SOUTHEND Council has launched an investigation into the causes of repeated electricity blackouts in Leigh on Sea.

The authority has organised two consultations – one in-person event, to take place tomorrow, and one online survey – to find out about residents’ energy use.

The council said it hoped the two consultations would ‘help map out the way energy is constrained in the area’.

Carol Robinson, the council’s director for public protection, said: “Unfortunately, there is an issue in the area of Old Leigh with a disruption of power which sometimes causes blackouts.

“We need to gather this information to help address the balance between the continuing needs of the tourist and fishing industries in the Leigh on Sea port area with the challenge of climate change.”

The council said it hoped the consultation would lead to the creation of a ‘clean energy future’ for the area, which would ‘secure businesses and jobs’.

A workshop has been organised at Ye Olde Smack tomorrow – Thursday, November 21 – between 11am and 5pm.

Attendees will be asked to discuss their own energy consumption and experiences of Leigh’s energy supply, but also to give ideas on how the area could reduce energy consumption to save money and cut down its carbon footprint.

The workshop will be broken down into three sessions: 11am-12.30pm, 1.30pm-5pm, and 4pm-5.30pm.

Attendance is free, but the council has asked residents to register online to attend.

To do so, visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/leigh-on-sea-energy-infrastructure-study-workshop-tickets-80651373429.

The council has also created an online survey about the issue.

To fill out the survey, visit: https://consult.southend.gov.uk/KMS/dmart.aspx.

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Charles Thomson

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