Mum’s fall after Gleadless street light blackout

Partially-sighted Dawn Mees near her home in Gleadless where the street lights haven't been working
Partially-sighted Dawn Mees near her home in Gleadless where the street lights haven't been working
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A partially-sighted mum fell over in the street after the lights on her road were off for weeks without explanation.

Dawn Mees, of Gaunt Road, Gleadless, suffers with double vision – and struggled to get around after dark when the street lights stopped working on October 26.

She complained to Sheffield Council contractor Streets Ahead, and the National Grid, several times but said both organisations kept ‘passing the buck’.

The fault was repaired by Northern Powergrid only once The Star intervened.

Dawn said: “I suffer with double vision and I fell down when walking down the street because I couldn’t see a thing. My son was with me and luckily I wasn’t hurt.

“But we’ve been having to walk around with torches if we want to leave the house after 4pm because it is absolutely pitch black.

“I kept calling to complain but everyone passed the buck and all they said was that they had until November 27 to fix it.”

Northern Powergrid said there had been two other faults in Gaunt Road reported by Streets Ahead.

The first was fixed on November 5 and the second was scheduled for repair.

A spokesman added: “We were very sorry to hear of Ms Mees’ fall.

“We are grateful to her for making Streets Ahead aware that another streetlight on Gaunt Road was not working.”

A repair was carried out by engineers on Friday, causing a temporary loss of power to residents.

n Call 0114 273 4567 to report faulty street lights.