Finally after all the organisation for this event we have fianlly got the tree up and lights arranged.
The first ever Christmas Tree in Lower Stondon.
You may have seen the forecast of unsettled weather over the next few days with heavy rain and lightning affecting parts of the East and South East of England.
We are currently monitoring the weather closely and we are in regular contact with the Met Office as the forecast develops.
Our electricity network is built to be resilient but extreme weather can affect overhead and underground power lines, resulting in some customers losing their electricity supply. Where this happens we work to restore power as quickly and safely as possible. We have organised for additional staff in our contact centre to help customers whose electricity supply might be affected by the predicted weather, and we have called-up additional engineers to carry out repairs to our electricity network.
You will be able to find regular updates on our website www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk and social media @UKPowerNetworks throughout this period.
Anyone experiencing a power cut should:
· Call 105 to report power cuts and damage to the electricity network, or 0800 3163 105 (from a corded phone or mobile phone if you have no power)
· Visit www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk for the latest updates
· Visit www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/powercut and type in their postcode to view our live power cut map
· Tweet @ukpowernetworks to report a power cuts or to receive updates
We urge the public to stay well clear from power lines and anyone spotting a damaged power line needs to report it to us immediately by calling 105 from a landline or mobile phone.
If they see electricity lines that are down or causing significant risk to the public they should call 999.
We provide extra help to customers on our Priority Service Register during a power cut. Households with older or disabled people, those with children under five, or where someone uses medical or mobility equipment that requires electricity as well as other reasons can join the register. You can find out more information about our Priority Service on our website: ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority.
If you would like to share information about preparing for the extreme weather or the priority service register on social media you might like to use the following:
@UKPowerNetworks has extra staff on hand 24/7 to deal with the impact of the current extreme weather. Call 105 to report a power cut and visit https://www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/storm-centre-prepare
Do you, or someone you know, need extra support during a power cut? @UKPowerNetworks provides free services to vulnerable customers. Visit https://www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/power-cut/priority-services-register for more information.
Study Shows Henlow/Stondon is the Safest Post Town in the East of England
Stondon and Henlow (as part of the SG16 postcode) is the safest post town in the East of England, according to a recent study by consumer-research group ValuePenguin. Those living in the SG16 postcode district (which includes Lower Stondon, Upper Stondon, Henlow and Henlow Camp) can take comfort knowing they’re less likely to be the victim of a crime, according to data collected between March 2016 and March 2017.
Under the protection of the Bedfordshire Police, the Henlow post town came in 1st with the lowest overall crime score out of the 122 East of England post towns included in the study, which considered post towns with 3,000 residents or more. Henlow’s overall crime score of 798 is 61% lower than the East of England’s average crime score of 2,043.
The overall crime score is composed of a violent crime factor and a property crime factor. Henlow ranked a solid 1st in violent crime safety with an effective rate of 624 violent crimes per 100k residents, boasting a score 66% lower than the East of England average. In terms of property crime, Henlow came in 7th out of the 122 post towns included in the study, with a property crime rate equivalent to 1,494 incidents per 100k residents.
In the full study you can see how other post towns in the East of England rank and learn about the methodology used to determine the crime scores.
The safest places in the East of England behind Henlow are Knebworth, Melton Constable, Welwyn and Hockley – all small to medium post towns. Among large post towns with populations greater than 50,000, Ely ranked 1st as the safest place with a crime score of 1,368, followed by Hitchin, Bishop’s Stortford, Leighton Buzzard and Huntingdon.
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