Residents left in the dark over street lighting

Residents of Terrier Close in Bedlington angry that their street lights haven't been working for 2 weeks and the council haven't done anything about it.  Pictured (l-r) Denise Short-Wilson, Gemma Dixon, Karen Kilgour and Keith Lockey.
Residents of Terrier Close in Bedlington angry that their street lights haven't been working for 2 weeks and the council haven't done anything about it. Pictured (l-r) Denise Short-Wilson, Gemma Dixon, Karen Kilgour and Keith Lockey.
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BEDLINGTON residents are unhappy about being left in the dark since every light in their street went out two weeks ago.

Several people living in Terrier Close have got in touch with Northumberland County Council to express their concerns about the loss of light at night-times.

Keith Lockey, a resident of the street for the last 16 years, said he and his neighbours had been left in the dark in both meanings of the phrase, having had no explanation about what caused the blackout or when it will be fixed.

The 55-year-old said: “We are just fed up. At night-time, it is pitch black.

“We have not had one phone call from the council.

“I have called them at least four times.

“If one person could just phone and say what the situation is, that would be good, but we have heard nothing.

“We would like the street lights back on, for one thing.

“It’s the 21st century, and we have had no street lights for two weeks, but there is no explanation why it is happening.”

Residents also fear that the lack of street lighting could leave them vulnerable to being targeted by burglars.

“At night-time, it is terrible because you just cannot see,” Keith said.

“Twenty yards from me, there is a school, and you cannot even see the fence.

“You can hear people walking by and you can hear their voices, but you cannot see anything.

“There are empty houses too, so it’s a burglars’ paradise.

“Work is going on on the estate and there is scaffolding everywhere and they are digging up the roads. It is very dangerous.

“Why have the people of Terrier Close been left in the dark?”

A spokesperson for the county council said: “There is a fault on the underground cable, so the work needs to be carried out by Northern Powergrid.

“We forwarded a request to the company after we received information from local residents, and we have asked them to treat this work as a priority.”

Engineers were due to carry out a site inspection at Terrier Close yesterday to assess the size of the task confronting them.

If the problem can’t be rectified straight away, preparations will be made to carry out more extensive work within the next two weeks.

A spokesperson for Northern Powergrid said: “We were notified by the council of the fault on Wednesday, September 26, and have 20 working days after that date to carry out the repair.”