The energy giant UK Power Networks has decided to bury its power cables in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in east Kent.
The cables are essential for electricity supply, but putting them underground is extremely expensive. The decision has given fresh hope to campaigners trying to prevent a corridor of massive pylons being erected in the Valley of the Great Stour near Canterbury. John Ryall reports.
A couple from Kent say they had to wait two weeks for full restoration of their power after the storm on Christmas Eve. Sue and Malachi Doyle from Marshside near Chislet say they felt abandoned by UK Power Networks.
A couple running a village pub in Kent say they're in financial crisis after 68 hours without electricity over Christmas and New Year.
The power cut, caused by the Christmas storm, has cost £3,500 in lost trade and stock.
But the company responsible for supplying power to the Blue Anchor Inn at St Mary's Platt has offered just £75 compensation. John Ryall reports.
Almost every home that lost power in the storms across the South East has now been reconnected. But for many it's meant a Christmas of misery and waiting for repairs. David Johns has visited one couple, Gill and Ian Pooley, who've been without electricity for eight days.