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Derbyshire street light on all day, every day for SIX YEARS

The street light which Wendy Davies says has been burning continuously for six years.

The street light which Wendy Davies says has been burning continuously for six years.

 

A street light which has been shining all day and all night for the past six years has finally been repaired.

Engineers from Derbyshire County Council (DCC) fixed the faulty lamp on Holmesdale Close, Dronfield, on Tuesday.

Residents contacted the Derbyshire Times about the problem light and we alerted the authority – prompting them to take quick action.

Wendy Davies, of nearby Holmesdale Road, said: “It’s been shining into my house 24/7 for six years.

“What a waste of money over all that time.”

A spokesman for DCC said: “This was the first we heard about a problem with this light but an engineer has been out and fixed it.

“Although we carry out regular checks on street lighting at night, we need members of the public to report lights which are on at the wrong times so we can repair them,” he added.

The news comes as cash-strapped DCC is considering only replacing broken street lights in high-priority areas – plunging parts of Derbyshire into darkness.

The plans would affect residential streets and industrial estates across the county – but not areas such as hospitals, town centres and accident blackspots.

The Conservatives at Labour-led DCC claim the proposals – which will help save £775,000 – are “potentially dangerous and a backward step”.

However, Labour councillors say they have no other option.

Councillor Dean Collins, DCC’s deputy cabinet member for jobs, economy and transport, said: “We’re facing budget pressures like never before and have had to cut the amount of money we have available to spend on street lighting.”

To report problems with street lighting, visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/reportit

 

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