AN ANGRY disabled man says he and fellow residents have been afraid to leave their homes at night for over a month after lights at their Sheffield flats were disconnected ‘in error’.
Elderly and disabled folk living on Remington Road in Parson Cross have been left in the ‘pitch black’ because lights attached to the side of their flats, over entrances at the rear and side paths, were switched off.
The neighbours fear they could fall and hurt themselves or become the victims of crime.
The lights were disconnected ‘in error’ by Northern Powergrid as it carried out work to upgrade Sheffield Homes’ security alarm system.
Resident Derek Dale, 62, who has diabetic neuropathy and uses walking sticks, said about 40 flats are affected.
He added: “It’s pitch black at night and you can’t see a thing when you are walking to my flat’s entrance at the back.
“I could get mugged.
“I tripped the other night and it was only the outhouse wall that stopped me going on the ground. If I fell and knocked myself out I might lie there for 24 hours.”
Sheffield Homes said the lights are expected to be repaired by today.
A spokesman said work had been done on the street as part of a city-wide upgrade of a security alarm system. Northern Powergrid disabled alarms and removed cables so they could become wireless.
But cables feeding passageway lights had also been disconnected.
A spokesman also said Northern Powergrid had been contacted several times since a complaint on February 3.
A Northern Powergrid spokesman said: “We would like to apologise to residents for the length of time it has taken to restore street lighting in Remington Road after they were disconnected in error. We plan to carry out excavation and jointing work to rectify the problem. The lights will be back on today.”