Navy use sandbags to protect electricity substation in Worting Road

Basingstoke Gazette: Navy use sandbags to protect electricity substation in Worting Road Navy use sandbags to protect electricity substation in Worting Road

NEARLY 40 Royal Navy personnel were drafted in to Basingstoke yesterday to help protect a vital electricity substation.

The substation, in Worting Road, owned by Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE), has been swamped by groundwater since heavy rain hit the borough last week.

Staff from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council delivered sandbags for the army to put down to protect the substation, which is surrounded by a barbed-wire fence.

A total of 35 personnel from HMS Collingwood, who are currently stationed at Worthy Down, near Winchester, helped in the effort.

They were directed by two sergeants from the Royal Engineers.

Duncan MacDonald, spokesman for SSE, told The Gazette: “These sandbags have been here for a few days but the water has been rising. We wanted to make it safe in case the water does rise and until it eventually goes down again.”

He added: “The substation is still protected and we are bringing in more sandbags to make sure it is protected. We have been monitoring the substation once a day to make sure the equipment is protected.

“This part of the network is essential, if there is a power cut, we can rely on this station and when there is a power cut we can reroute our customers in other parts of the network.”

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12:38pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Navy Neil says...

What a joke of a story. 40 army personnel were not used to help protect the sub station. It was 40 personnel from HMS Collingwood, which is a Royal Navy training establishment. Most were phase 2 trainees, who were up to there thighs in filthy water for more than an hour. If the reporter was at the scene then they would have known this.
It is not only the army who are providing personnel, the Royal Navy are providing up to 1000 personnel. GET THE FACTS RIGHT AND GIVE THE ROYAL NAVY THE CREDIT IT DESERVES
What a joke of a story. 40 army personnel were not used to help protect the sub station. It was 40 personnel from HMS Collingwood, which is a Royal Navy training establishment. Most were phase 2 trainees, who were up to there thighs in filthy water for more than an hour. If the reporter was at the scene then they would have known this. It is not only the army who are providing personnel, the Royal Navy are providing up to 1000 personnel. GET THE FACTS RIGHT AND GIVE THE ROYAL NAVY THE CREDIT IT DESERVES Navy Neil
  • Score: 8

1:39pm Wed 19 Feb 14

BasingstokeCouncilSuck says...

Oh yes, hand in pocket in last picture, navy for sure.
Oh yes, hand in pocket in last picture, navy for sure. BasingstokeCouncilSuck
  • Score: -1

3:54pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Navy Neil says...

BasingstokeCouncilSu
ck
wrote:
Oh yes, hand in pocket in last picture, navy for sure.
For your information, none of the pictures are showing any Naval personnel. There from SSE and your local council
[quote][p][bold]BasingstokeCouncilSu ck[/bold] wrote: Oh yes, hand in pocket in last picture, navy for sure.[/p][/quote]For your information, none of the pictures are showing any Naval personnel. There from SSE and your local council Navy Neil
  • Score: 1

6:55pm Wed 19 Feb 14

BasingstokeCouncilSuck says...

Navy Neil wrote:
BasingstokeCouncilSu

ck
wrote:
Oh yes, hand in pocket in last picture, navy for sure.
For your information, none of the pictures are showing any Naval personnel. There from SSE and your local council
Thanks, I see they've changed the headline from Army to Navy anyway.
[quote][p][bold]Navy Neil[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BasingstokeCouncilSu ck[/bold] wrote: Oh yes, hand in pocket in last picture, navy for sure.[/p][/quote]For your information, none of the pictures are showing any Naval personnel. There from SSE and your local council[/p][/quote]Thanks, I see they've changed the headline from Army to Navy anyway. BasingstokeCouncilSuck
  • Score: 2

3:00pm Mon 24 Feb 14

deepinsight says...

First rule of journalism:

Never let the facts get in the way of a story.
First rule of journalism: Never let the facts get in the way of a story. deepinsight
  • Score: 1

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