A Todmorden businessman says shoppers are being driven away from the town after it suffered its 10th power cut in two-and-a-half years.
More than a thousand homes were affected by the latest power failure on Monday, which came after other cuts on Thursday and Saturday.
The lights went out at about 5.30pm on Thursday and power wasn’t restored until around 11.30am on Friday.
Power then went off again off at 11.30am on Saturday until 7pm, with several shops and stalls in Todmorden Market affected.
Trevor Harding, from Stone Hair Art, said: “All of the area around and including the market was without power from Thursday evening to Friday lunch time.
“On Saturday several shops on Burnley Road were without power from 11.30am.
“Every other shop and market stall seemed to be out. It was horrendous. I had to turn away some customers.
“I’ve got staff to pay and they were just sitting around doing nothing.
“And when you report it, there is an automated message service that charges you 14p a minute.
“We’re only a small town and most of us are small, independent shops - it’s driving business away.”
Richard Carlton, owner of the Market Hall Cafe, said: “The whole of the market was shut-off in Friday. I couldn’t do any cooking because my cafe is all electric.
“I’ve probably lost about £500, which is a lot to a small business. Weekends are the busiest times for the market.
“I’d like to see some compensation but Northern Powergrid say the electricity has to be off for 18 hours.”
A spokesperson for Northern Powergrid said: “The power cut on March 29 was caused by a fault on our underground cables and the power cut on March 31 was caused by another company damaging our underground cables.
“We would like to offer our apologies to customers who experienced problems and reassure them our engineers worked to restore power as quickly as possible.”