Sheffield street lights left on during day

Streetlights on in Sheffield druing the daytime
Streetlights on in Sheffield druing the daytime
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Sheffield street lights have been left burning brightly 24 hours a day for months on end, a concerned resident says.

A collection of photographs showing lights in the city centre shining during the hours of daylight have been sent to The Star by Steve Hopkins.

He said lights close to the Castle Square tram stop had been affected for a year, while lights on the Parkway exit for the M1 at Darnall had been switched on for two weeks.

Electrician Steve, of Woodhouse, said: “When I last stood in the city centre I could see 24 street lights on in daytime - they’ve been on all year.

“My concern is about the money this costs and the environment.

“I don’t know what wattage there but surely this must be costing a fortune?”

Mr Hopkins contacted Sheffield Council to shed light on the problem but staff said they could ‘not identify’ any city centre lights that were affected.

The council said it was aware that the Parkway lights were on because the control management system - which tells the lights when to turn on – was faulty.

Staff are waiting for permission to work on the Parkway so they can attend to fix the system.

Coun Jack Scott, cabinet member for environment, said: “When this system develops a fault it refers back to having the lights on all the time as opposed to leaving the Parkway in darkness.

“I can assure residents this is at no extra cost to taxpayers or the council.”

Lights in the city centre will be repaired by the end of next week, although the authority was not aware of them, added Coun Scott.

Residents and business owners are urged to report faulty lights that they see by calling the council on 0114 273 4567.