24/7 street lighting concern on streets

Geoff Hopkin who has reported street lights being left on 24 hours near his home in Grenoside
Geoff Hopkin who has reported street lights being left on 24 hours near his home in Grenoside
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Street lights have been shining constantly for more than three weeks in a Sheffield neighbourhood - causing concern for residents about who will cover the cost.

Retired publican Geoffrey Hopkin, 81, of Lavinia Road, Grenoside, complained about the issue on behalf of neighbours, making seven calls to Sheffield Council but said nobody rang him back.

He said: “I was concerned because my electricity bill keeps going up - and keeping the lights on all the time for so long must be causing a big bill.

“Also, what about the impact in terms of carbon footprint from the extra electricity?”

Mr Hopkin said the problem affects his street, plus Creswick Lane and Yew Lane in the surrounding area.

But Sheffield Council said the lights were being kept on by electricity company Northern Powergrid to help them determine the location of a cable fault - and that the firm would pick up the bill.

Coun Jack Scott, cabinet member for environment, said: “The nature of the fault means Northern Powergrid will need to do some further work on site before it can be resolved. It is expected this will be completed by May 24.

“We apologise to Mr Hopkin for not responding to him.”

Coun Scott said residents should report faults with lights to Northern Powergrid.