Blowing a fuse over regular problems with street lighting

Residents on Rural Lane have been complaining that the street lights have not been working. Picture: Andrew Roe

Residents on Rural Lane have been complaining that the street lights have not been working. Picture: Andrew Roe

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Residents living on a Sheffield street were tired of problems with their street lights.

Robert Calloway, of Rural Lane, Wadsley, said there had been problems with the lights for about eight months.

The lights causing the problems were on the street between its junctions with Ben Lane and Luke Lane.

And Mr Calloway said that, since the issue with the lights began, he has suffered two attempted break-ins at his property.

There are two playing fields nearby, but these cannot be used too much when the lights are out because the pitch is plunged into darkness.

Mr Calloway said he contacted both Sheffield Council and Northern Powergrid about the issue, but was getting no closer to sorting it - so contacted Action Desk for help.

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The street now has light again. A Northern Powergrid spokeswoman said: “Between February and April, we received four reports from Streets Ahead of street lights not working in the Ben Lane/Luke Lane area.

“On each occasion, we replaced fuses and restored power to the street lights for local residents.

“We received no further reports from Street Ahead of any issues with street lighting in the area until Thursday, June 11, when we were advised two lights were not working.

“Following this, we have investigated and located a fault on our network. A repair has been completed to get the lights affected working again.

“We encourage anyone who spots a streetlight not working to report it to Streets Ahead as soon as they can on 0114 273 4567 so they can investigate.

“If the issue involves our network, they will then notify us so we can coordinate a repair.”

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