Sheffield residents’ six-month wait for streetlight repair

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RESIDENTS have received an apology from Sheffield Council after a six-month delay to fix a broken street light.

People living near the junction of Avisford Road and Halliwell Crescent, Wadsley Bridge, told The Star that they have become ‘fed up’ of complaining.

Alan Copeland, one of the residents affected by the blackout, said: “This problem has been going on since the end of September.

“At one point, the contractor Amey was sent out and attempted to fix the wrong light.

“The lamppost has also been replaced but it’s still not working. The situation is just ridiculous.

He added: “The light is the only one at the junction and it’s not safe without it working.”

Mr Copeland added: “In December, I got an email from the council saying the light had been fixed but it still did not work.

“I know of another neighbour who, like myself, has reported it many times and got nowhere.

Mr Copeland said: “Just down the road is a cycle track used regularly.

“Next to that is a skatepark regularly used by local children and when all this was mentioned to the council, they told me they would treat this as a priority.

“If this is a priority, then God help us when they don’t rush.”

Another resident, Maureen Thornton, added: “We are getting no joy from Sheffield Council at all.”

Coun Jack Scott, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “We apologise to the resident for the street light problems he has experienced.

He added: “We are pleased to confirm that the new street light will be connected and switched on within the next six days.”