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Meeting sheds light on Barrow streetlight ‘danger’

THE PROMENADE on Walney has become a danger for pedestrians after faulty streetlights have left it in darkness at night, a meeting heard.

Councillors said the Promenade has become hazardous and that the growing number of defective streetlights across the Barrow borough needs tackling urgently.

They were speaking at the Barrow local committee meeting for Cumbria County Council yesterday. In response, Nick Raymond, the county’s highway officer in Furness, admitted the streetlight situation has deteriorated in the past year. Following a staff sickness, there is no streetlight engineer for the borough and the county council has been unable to fill the position.

Councillor Anne Burns told the meeting in Barrow Town Hall: “We had a real problem with streetlighting in Barrow a number of years ago and I think we’re slipping back there again. It’s absolutely pitch black there (on the Prom). You can’t see where you are going. As a committee, we should be really pressing to get these lights sorted out immediately.”

The meeting heard the issue on the Prom was the responsibility of Electricity North West. But Mr Raymond said the council was having to re-advertise for a street lighting engineer and was looking at getting a private engineer to do mornings only, starting from Monday if approved.

He said: “It’s accepted that streetlighting has deteriorated badly in the last six to 12 months. We have lost staff in that time, which has not helped.” An Electricity North West spokeswoman said she was unaware of any faults on the Prom.

Have your say

You can report a faulty streetlight online. Whenever I have for our street they have been fixed within a couple of days. The last time just last week.

Posted by Nic on 23 January 2014 at 07:44

It might just be me, but since the orange street lights were replaced by the white ones its really difficult to see pedestrians when your driving due to the intensity of the white light and the contrasting darkness between lamp posts................needless to say the number of lamp posts were reduced when the white lights were installed.

Does anyone else find this?

Posted by John on 22 January 2014 at 17:55

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