Traders have been left counting the cost after losing thousands of pounds during repeated town centre power cuts.

Businesses on the circuit covering much of High Street and Carter's Square, in Uttoxeter, were left without electricity when the cuts started on Wednesday, August 9.

The outages have also effectively disabled the bollard enforcing traffic restrictions in High Street. It had only been back in action for around 24 hours after a three-year absence.

Bear Coffee Co was among those that had to close its doors several times during the cuts, which were rectified yesterday, August 13.

Having lost trade for the whole of Saturday night and two days' breakfast and brunch takings, owner Craig Bunting estimates his firm lost £3,000.

Owners Craig Bunting and Michael Thorley were left counting the cost

He said: "It's really annoying, as we've lost a lot of trade, wasted a lot of produce and have obviously still paid our staff as they rely on their wages.

"But it's really just one of those things and showed me there's a lot more to running a business in this industry than just making coffees.

"I've got to give full credit to Western Power, though, as they had engineers out within 30 minutes of me calling them on the Wednesday.

"At one point on the Saturday, they had them at the sub-station in Carter's Square just constantly replacing fuses that were blowing so we could stay open for the brunch period.

"After they left, though, the power went again and we had to close for Saturday night, when we would've been serving food, craft beers and cocktails. Unfortunately, we also couldn't serve breakfast and brunch, which is our busiest period, on several days."

Mr Bunting said fuses kept going every few hours between Wednesday and yesterday - and engineers were sent out at least 10 times.

Eventually, they found a faulty wire near the Carter's Square sub-station and fixed the issue in time for businesses to resume regular trade this morning, August 14.

At the time of writing, there was a still a large hole in the ground where the work had been completed in Carter's Square.

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A Western Power spokesman said: "We had a fault on one of our low-voltage cables that was causing fuses to short-circuit.

"We've now found and repaired the fault and we apologise to customers for any inconvenience and thank them for the patience and understanding."

Uttoxeter's High Street bollard system. Here it is pictured having been disabled due to power cuts
Uttoxeter's High Street bollard system. Here it is pictured having been disabled due to power cuts

Although businesses are reportedly back up and running, the bollard remains lowered as the lighting system has to be re-set.

Uttoxeter Town Council is waiting on contractor ATG to come out and fix the lights before the retractable post is brought back into use.

A town council spokesman said: "Each time there's been a power cut, the bollard has to be reset.

"As things stand, we're waiting for ATG to come out and fix the lights and, for the time being, the bollard will remain in the 'down' position.

"We're hoping it'll be up and running again soon. We'd like to thank everyone for their patience."