A FURIOUS landlord says he has lost more than £2,000 thanks to power cuts.
Andrew Wood is among hundreds of villagers hit by the electricity blackouts.
On five nights in the last week Mr Wood, of the White Swan, in Penistone Road, Kirkburton, was left without power meaning he had to close. On Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday the power went off at about 6pm and stayed off until after 9pm.
The 47-year-old said: "I can't open if I have no electricity because there is no heating and the pumps all need electricity.
"I am annoyed with the electricity supplier because when I rang them I was told nothing. I still do not know what the problem was.
"The first time I asked them to ring me when the supply was back on but they never did. I made it clear this was a business and I was losing a lot of money by not being open. But they have not been helpful at all."
Mr Wood, who has been the landlord at the busy pub for six years, reckons he has lost more than £2,000. Now he wants assurances it will not happen again.
"I understand that faults happen from time to time and they need to be fixed," he said. "But five nights in five does seem a little bit excessive. It would have been nice for them to let me know the supply would be going off so at least I could put a sign up to let my customers know. This is my livelihood and I cannot go on losing money like this and upsetting my customers.
"The thing that makes me really angry is I can't get through to anyone to find out what is going on. Each time I ring up it is a machine. And I have been told I won't get compensation because the power needs to be off for 18 hours in 24."
And other people living nearby have also been left in the dark. Andrew Mitchell is house-sitting for his dad at Far Dene, in Kirkburton. He said the power goes off between 5.30pm and 7.30pm.
"It is at the time of day when you need power most, for things like cooking tea or having a shower," he said.
John Gibson, of Primrose Lane, in Highburton, said it usually started between 5.50pm and 6.50pm and went on for several hours. He said on Monday it was off for 10 hours, from 6.30pm until 5.30am.
His wife is disabled and so having no light or heat is a bigger problem for them than most. He said he had only once been able to speak to a real person at electricity supplier YEDL, who told him they were not fixing the underground fault because it would cause too much disruption to other users.
"I asked to speak to a manager but I was told they don't speak to customers," he said. "We're missing meals because they are half- cooked and we are not able to do the washing or have a shower."
But YEDL said they were doing all they could.
"We seem to have a problem at the power station," said a spokesman. "We apologise to our customers and we will endeavour to get this problem fixed as soon as possible."