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Posted - 02/03/2012 :  10:34:20  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Cefn Golau street left in the dark for two months

A BREAKDOWN in communication has left residents in the dark for two months after a road accident wrecked their street lights.

The 400m Walter Conway Avenue in Cefn Golau has only had one working lamppost since December 16.

With many neighbours saying the darkness has left them nervous to walk at night, drive a car or even step out of their homes, they claim they have been inundating the council with complaints.

But while the council says it has been working with Western Power Distribution (WPD) to fix the problem for months, WPD has responded by saying it was only informed of the issue last week.

Bev Harris, 45, said it all started when a vehicle ploughed into a lamppost last December, knocking out all the lights on the street.

That lamppost was then replaced and works fine – but the rest of the 48-house street has been shrouded in darkness since.

“It’s so dark here in the nights, pitch black. I don’t go out in the evening now unless I’ve got to, and then I’m only willing to do it by taxi,” she said.

“I’ve called the council, and was eventually told to ring Western Power, but I keep getting the same answer all the time, that they’re getting onto it soon.

“If we had a set date, that would be better, but we’re just being left waiting.”

Mark Gardner, 47, who also lives on the street, said: “It really is pitch black here, it’s as dark as it gets. It’s dangerous.

“It’s a real nuisance, you can’t see who’s about here. I’m just surprised there hasn’t been an accident already, it really is that dangerous at night.”

A spokeswoman for WPD said: “We can confirm there was an incident on December 16, and we were asked to replace the connection to the column which was hit, which we did, and as far as we were concerned that was all that was needed.

“We were not made aware of this issue until the council contacted us last week.

“We will try to get an engineer up there.

“We would like to apologise for any inconvenience that has been caused, and we will try to put things right as soon as we can.”

A spokeswoman for Blaenau Gwent Council said: “The council is aware of this issue and has been progressing things with the electricity company since the time of the initial incident.

“Unfortunately, Western Power Distribution (WPD) has ownership of the underground cables. This means that WPD must do the repair work. The council wants this matter resolved as a matter of urgency.”

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Posted - 05/03/2012 :  20:20:29 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What makes this story even worse is that the councillors haven't seen to this problem or if they have then they haven't shouted LOUD enough its a disgrace in this day and age.

Mind what can you really expect lights out = saving money on elec and light bulbs.



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Posted - 06/03/2012 :  10:41:30 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
half the street has been fixed now,the other half remains dark

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