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Council error left Sheffield streetlight shining into man’s home

Chris Caxton wrote to the star after a street light on Cobnar Road was fitted the wrong way and  was projecting light into the house. The problem has now been sorted

Chris Caxton wrote to the star after a street light on Cobnar Road was fitted the wrong way and was projecting light into the house. The problem has now been sorted

Chris Caxton says his front room was ‘lit up like Blackpool illuminations’ after the council installed a streetlight the wrong way round outside his house.

Mr Caxton, aged 68, of Cobnar Road, Woodseats, was stunned when he found the old lamppost outside his house had been replaced - and the new light was shining straight into his living room.

But, after he got in touch with The Star, Sheffield Council’s Streets Ahead team sprang into action and the problem was fixed just hours later.

Mr Caxton says he was told it would take ‘up to five days’ even for a response when he first raised the issue.

“My front room was lit up like Blackpool illuminations,” he said.

“They said the access chamber was on the wrong side of the lamp - so instead of putting the chamber on the correct side, they just swung the whole lamp around.

“What’s the point of having a streetlight if it doesn’t light up the road?”

He added he was ‘grateful’ to The Star for helping to save the day.

“The fact they were incompetent enough to put the light up the wrong way in the first place is bad, but what really got my goat is they were so inconsiderate about it.

“If I hadn’t contacted The Star I could have been waiting several weeks at the rate they were operating. I’m all too grateful to The Star.”

Coun Jack Scott, council cabinet member for environment, recycling and streetscene, said: “We would like to thank the residents of Cobnar Road for bringing the issue to our attention.

“The Streets Ahead team visited Cobnar Road and the street lighting head has now been returned to its correct position.” He added the council has successfully installed more than 5,500 streetlights to date, and urged anyone encountering a problem to call 0114 273 4567.

 

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