The electricity supply in Pleasington will be disconnected on Saturday, February 17, because of tree felling at the area's cemetery.

Arborists from Electricity North West will carry out the essential works this month to reduce the risk of electrical hazards and fires as branches grow touching the power lines near the village.

Workers will be felling trees in Blackburn with Darwen Council's Pleasington Cemetery so a safe power connection can then continue to be supplied to the prayer shelter and crematorium.

Plans for a full power shutdown will go ahead from 8am throughout the nature reserve and into Pleasington Village on February 17.

Electricity North West will also provide a replacement tree for the mature Beech tree that needs removing on the main drive as part of the planned works.

Eddie Maxwell, assistant manager in the environmental and operations department at Blackburn with Darwen Council, said: "This is a planned power cut and hopefully it will not cause too much disruption.

"It is a priority to remove the overgrown trees so that the area is safe, and services will be able to continue within the area.

"Access to and from Pleasington Cemetery will be as normal, although traffic lights will be set up on the main drive on the bend to allow Electricity North West’s vehicles and equipment to park up next to the works on a temporary basis."