John Pugh MP has complained to Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey MP, that Scottish Power have had a ‘quasi monopoly’ over the provision of electricity infrastructure in the Southport area – with serious consequences for local business.

The Southport MP demanded to know how Scottish Power could be allowed to increase prices in Southport, at the same time as refusing to extend its power networks to serve the community and local businesses of the area.

This comes at a time when Kew Business Park in Southport is still suffering from the failure of Scottish Power to extend its supply to the remaining areas of the business park. As a result of Scottish Power’s inaction, local businesses are unable to use the remaining lots in the business park.

Scottish Power are contracted to the local authority and so, in effect, they have a monopoly over the supply of electricity in this area.

The Minister replied to John Pugh with assurances that he had taken this matter up with ‘Big Six’ energy companies like Scottish Power in the past, and would do so again. Meanwhile, John Pugh will continue to exert pressure on the energy company to reduce energy bills and to do everything in their power to serve the businesses of Southport.

John Pugh commented:

“This issue has gone on for too long and we can no longer accept Scottish Power’s reluctance to provide the infrastructure Southport needs. It is their responsibility to provide the electricity and at a reasonable price. I will continue to support Sefton Council’s efforts in this area and keep the pressure on until we see the results we need.”

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