Shine a light on our street say Sheffield residents

David Gordon with residents Elsie and Sam Wilson on Cookson Close where Street Lighting is a problem
David Gordon with residents Elsie and Sam Wilson on Cookson Close where Street Lighting is a problem
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RESIDENTS have made an urgent call for street lights to be fixed - after three weeks of darkness.

With the nights drawing in, people living on Cookson Close, Southey, are worried about going out and about after dark.

The area has had problems with street lights over the last couple of months, with the lights on and off intermittently, then on continuously for 24 hours.

But for the last three weeks the street lights have not worked at all.

David Gordon, aged 48, who lives on the close with partner Tracey Machin, said: “There are a lot of elderly people around here who are frightened after dark.

“We get idiots who come around knocking on doors and windows and throwing things. There is also general anti-social behaviour.”

Mr Gordon, who is currently unemployed, added: “People don’t feel very safe around here. We are supposed to have community police officers and estate wardens coming around but we have seen nobody at all.

“My partner and I have contacted the council a number of times and nobody has told us when the problem will be fixed.”

Ms Machin added: “A neighbour is in her 80s and has been calling the council but she has also heard nothing.

“To make matters worse, the only way to the shops from here is along a gennel, which has just a single light.”

Graham Scragg, street lighting account manager at Sheffield Council contractor Amey, said: “We are aware of the street lighting issue on Cookson Close and there is a fault with the Northern Power supply. The street lights were initially repaired but it seems that the problem has reoccurred.

“We have been working closely with Northern Power and they have scheduled to visit the street again today to repair the streetlights.

“We are undertaking a major street lighting renewal programme under the £2 billion Streets Ahead scheme that will include adding in further back-up to the electricity cabling to try and minimise these issues.”