Video: Plug pulled on giant generator in Welwyn Garden City
PUBLISHED: 15:06 04 February 2009 | UPDATED: 21:47 26 October 2009
AN electricity generator that was pumping out pungent diesel fumes and emitting a deafening noise has been removed. We reported last week that residents of Purdom Road, WGC, had endured more than a fortnight of hardly any sleep, reoccurring illnesses and
AN electricity generator that was pumping out pungent diesel fumes and emitting a deafening noise has been removed.
We reported last week that residents of Purdom Road, WGC, had endured more than a fortnight of hardly any sleep, reoccurring illnesses and headaches.
Just hours after our paper hit the newsstands, EDF Energy bosses acted and the unit was removed.
Ruth Dodwell, who rang the WHT complaining about the noise and expense for her family, said: "I think eventually they caved in because of the bad publicity they were getting and because many people were staying in hotels so the cost EDF Energy was having to pay was getting large.
"Life can finally get back to normal."
The generator was in place for 15 days.
Residents were often left with no power for long periods of time to accompany the loud noise and disturbance of the generator.
The mum-of-two added: "It's a disgrace how long it took, and how we were treated.
"We had very little response from EDF and were never being told exactly what was going on.
"We are waiting for a reply to the letter we sent. We are requesting £25-per-day compensation along with our hotel costs, but judging how helpful they were before, we are not hopeful."
An EDF Energy spokewoman said: "We sometimes use generators during particularly long or complex incidents, such as this fault last month.
"Generators are a temporary way of restoring power supplies to customers, while repair work is carried out on our underground cables or overhead lines.
"The fault was repaired by January 28, and supplies were restored via the normal electricity network.