Club bosses get refund after paying electricity bills of a phone mast
19th August 2021

Club bosses get £86,000 refund after probe shows they were covering electricity bill for nearby mobile phone mast for TWELVE YEARS

  • Northallerton WMC charged £1.4K a month in lockdown – when lights were off
  • Club’s supply had been powering a Vodafone mast erected at the club in 2009
  • Secretary Jeff Lewis said up to 80 per cent of their bills were down to the mast

A working men’s club is celebrating after being refunded £86,000 for paying the electricity bills of a mobile phone mast for 12 years.

Members of Northallerton WMC thought something was up when they were charged £1,400 a month in lockdown – when the lights were off.

They hired energy consultants to investigate, who found the club’s supply had been powering a Vodafone mast erected at the club in North Yorkshire in 2009.

Energy consultants found that Northallerton WMC’s supply had been powering a Vodafone mast erected at the club in North Yorkshire in 2009 (file photo)

Secretary Jeff Lewis said: ‘We thought the readings were wrong because we had switched supplier.’

Club President Mick Herron added: ‘We had no idea the sub meter was being fed from our supply, we were surprised.

‘During the lockdown there was only CCTV, fire and burglar alarms, only the absolute basics were running but we were still getting these big bills so we knew something had to be wrong.

‘(Consultants) Nationwide Energy were brilliant, they sorted it all out with Vodafone. And we would advise any other club or business to check.’

Mr Lewis said they worked out up to 80 per cent of their bills were down to the Vodafone mast.

The windfall has meant the club can invest in the future.

Members of Northallerton WMC (pictured above) thought something was up when they were charged £1,400 a month in lockdown – when the lights were off

Members have redecorated the whole place over the lockdown period, events are being organised and they’re promoting top class entertainment to encourage people back.

They’re also opening their spruced up concert room free to charities, at the latest concert over £530 was raised for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. 

They are also hoping to open up the space for daytime events.

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