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Ten year plan to light up footpaths

A council in Cumbria has agreed a 10 year plan to continue to provide street lights in rural areas.

Eden District Council will upgrade some of the lights at a cost of £1 million. It hopes that organisations like the county council or parish councils will take on responsibility for others.

The new plan was needed after Electricity North West announced in 2011 that it was removing lights from its electricity poles for safety reasons.

It followed the death of a BT linesman, who was electrocuted while repairing telephone equipment on a pole.

Eden Council has spent a year working with parish and town councils to develop a long-term solution.

More electricity engineers brought in to Cumbria

Electricity North West is drafting in more engineers after the Met Office issued a red wind warning for Cumbria.

They've also cancelled planned power shutdowns and drafted in extra engineers to help keep the lights on and repair any potential damage.

Susan Stockwell, customer director at Electricity North West, said: “We are closely monitoring the weather and we’ve taken extra measures to get ready in case severe gales hit our region.

“We work hard throughout the year maintaining and upgrading the network, but unfortunately overhead power lines can be damaged by flying debris in high winds."

Here are their ten tips for dealing with a power cut.

  • If there is a power cut first check your trip switches to see if it is an internal power cut.
  • Ring our 24-hour emergency line on 0800 195 4141 and signup to receive updates to your mobile.
  • Keep a torch handy.
  • If you are a vulnerable customer register at www.enwl.co.uk/priority
  • Check a stair lift can work without electricity.
  • Consider installing an Uninterruptible Power Supply system, which will safeguard your IT equipment.
  • Follow @ElectricityNW on Twitter for updates and more tips.
  • If you run a business and cannot afford to be without power it may be worthwhile investing in a generator.
  • Leave at least one light switched on so you know when your power is restored.
  • Leave your fridge and freezer doors closed–chilled products should remain safe for a number of hours.

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Power returns to Wasdale Head

It's taken ten months and cost seven hundred and fifty thousand pounds but today the residents in a remote Lake District were finally re-connected to the national grid.

Mains electricity in Wasdale was lost on Christmas Eve last year when a underwater cable in Wast Water developed a fault.

Since then residents and businesses in the area have relied on large and often noisy generators.

ITV Border's reporter Andy Burn sent this report.

Power is returned to Wasdale Head

A community in the Lake District which has been without mains electricity since Christmas Eve is now switched back on.

Eleven properties at Wasdale Head have been relying on noisy generators since a fault developed with the electricity cable that runs through Wastwater.

Last month a new cable was moved into the village. Electricity North West says restoring the power has been a complex operation, costing three quarters of a million pounds.

Power returns to Wasdale Head

The cable under the lake broke Credit: ITV Border

The remote village of Wasdale Head will have its mains power switched back on today. It has been relying on generator power since December last year when the main power cable broke underneath Wastwater - Englands deepest lake.

Electricity North West have relaid a new cable.

Generator power has served the village since December Credit: ITV Border

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