Spotlight put on dark days

Councillor Bryan Lodge (left) and local resident Terry Andrew, who are concerned about the lack of working street lights in the Jaunty Lane area of Basegreen.
Councillor Bryan Lodge (left) and local resident Terry Andrew, who are concerned about the lack of working street lights in the Jaunty Lane area of Basegreen.
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‘Let there be light.’ That’s the plea from a Sheffield community which has been periodically plunged into darkness over the past four months.

Residents of Basegreen say elderly people are afraid to go out at night and businesses are suffering after power failures to street lights.

The latest spot to suffer a blackout was Jaunty Way – the centre of the community – right outside the row of shops. After almost a fortnight the problem has yet to be fixed.

Community leaders are pressing for Northern Powergrid to step up response times and carry out an investigation to get to the root of the problem.

Terry Andrew, chairman of Basegreen Tenants’ and Residents’ Association, said: “It’s disgraceful. One set of lights in one street will go off, they’ll come out and fix it, and then another lot will go off round the corner.

“This latest one is right by a residential home with a lot of elderly people. Bus drivers are missing picking them up because it’s too dark. They can’t see them.

“No-one wants to be walking about in darkness.”

Faults with street lights are reported to Sheffield Council, which contacts Northern Powergrid if the problem is deemed a systems fault.

Coun Bryan Lodge, who represents Birley, said: “This has been going on since before Christmas.”

A spokesman for Northern Powergrid said: “We recognise the importance of having reliable street lighting and will always respond to faults as quickly as possible once we are advised of a problem.

“In the majority of cases where we are responsible for the fault, the majority of our repairs in Sheffield have been carried out within 10 working days of us being notified, well within the national standard.”