More power to your elbow in Horncastle

Lincolnshire Police have reported an increase in hate crimes
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Work has begun to upgrade the electricity network in Horncastle, further improving supply reliability to 1,000 homes and businesses in the area.

Electricity distributor Western Power Distribution (WPD) is working on a scheme which will see around 4km of overhead power lines laid underground.

The company says it will free-up land for additional housing in the Langton Hill and Thimbleby Hill areas.

The initiative will also meet the growing needs of Polypipe, one of the town’s major employers.

The company - based on the Boston Road Industrial Estate - recently secured permission for a significant extension to its manufacturing site.

WPD says the work highlights it is committed to investing in its network to further improve supply reliability and customer service levels.

It adds that ‘initial work’ around the industrial estate - and at nearby roads like Boston Road and Mareham Road - has already begun to fit in with half term.

Phil Woodcock, WDP’s Team manager for the area including Horncastle, said: “This investment, which will take around eight weeks to complete, will safeguard electricity supplies for customers in the region for years to come by improving the infrastructure and security of our network.

Additional cable-laying will also take place throughout the town later in the year, with everything completed by late Autumn.

All work will be carried out at off peak times on major roads to ease traffic flows. Mr Woodcock added: “Our aim is to keep any disruption to an absolute minimum. We’ve been working with Lincolnshire County Council to schedule our works and we’ll be keeping customers and business along informed by letter.”