A spate of street light problems is leaving Sheffield residents in the dark – some for months.
The Star has been sent several complaints about delays to the installation of new state-of-the-art LED streetlights which are replacing older lampposts with more energy-efficient improved light distribution.
Mum Patricia Martin, of Garland Way in Westfield, has been struggling to see why a light was changed outside her home in August, but has not been switched on, and half of the old lamp is left behind.
Contractor Streets Ahead insists the old lights are still working and the street is ‘not in darkness’, although it is waiting for parts to arrive.
But Miss Martin said: “It is pitch black outside my house, there is no light at all and we can’t see a thing. There’s lights working at opposite ends of the street but not outside my house.
“I’ve been on to Streets Ahead a few times and at first they said it was down to the power company. The last time they said a supplier had gone out of business and they needed to find new parts.”
On Prince of Wales Road, Darnall, old lights are located inside the canopy of a tree so the light is completely dimmed. New lamps are being installed at the side, but residents say they will still be dimmed by overhanging trees.
Resident Roger Whitehouse said: “What a waste of public money, the council must be crackers. All they are going to do is prune the trees. So in a year it will be back to how it is now.”
And on Adlington Road, Parson Cross, up to a third of the new lights have not been working for most of the year because of a fault Streets Ahead says ‘sits with Northern Powergrid’.
Disabled resident Trevor Brown said the failure was causing safety concerns.
He added: “My car has been damaged and we have had two incidents where firearms have been reported as used in the last two years. As the streets are so dark at night it leaves us very vulnerable.” Coun Jack Scott, Sheffield Council cabinet member for environment, said: “To date we have over 15,000 new streetlights in good working order across the city.
“We are aware there have been some issues with the installation of the new LED lights and some areas have had teething issues.”
He apologised for the delay in connecting LED street lights on Garland Way but said the old streetlights were still connected. Permanent lights should be installed later this month.
On Adlington Road Coun Scott said the fault had been reported several times.
“We are using all our powers to get the issues resolved,” he said.
And on Prince of Wales Road the new streetlight will not be in the trees.
Residents are urged to report problems to 0114 273 4567.