WORK has started to upgrade power supplies between two west Dorset villages.

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) is spending £153,000 on improving the overhead network between Winterbourne Abbas and Charminster.

The company says the investment will boost the resilience of the power supply, strengthening the network for some 3,200 customers in the area.

The works will 'future-proof' the infrastructure through the replacement of poles and associated equipment that have been identified as suitable to help the network stand up to adverse weather, while also addressing the needs of those who live and work in the area as the UK moves towards its net-zero ambitions.

SSEN’s Project Planner, John O’Reilly said: “In total, SSEN is replacing 29 poles and over half of this work has already been completed. I’d like to thank all of those who live and work in the local area for their patience and understanding as we work to improve their network. The investment will boost the local network for many years, benefitting local residents and businesses.”

He added: “The remaining works will be delivered into November and early next year to accommodate crops and a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).”

Mr O'Reilly said the firm will consult with the appropriate government agencies, Dorset Council and other interested parties to ensure the ecological interest of the SSSI is preserved as part of these works.