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Faulty street lights row in Sheffield suburb

Backmoor Road resident Irene Thornsby, who is complaining about her street lights not working.

Backmoor Road resident Irene Thornsby, who is complaining about her street lights not working.

Old folk are being put in danger by defective street lights in a Sheffield suburb, says angry pensioner Irene Thornsby.

Irene, who lives on Back Moor at Norton, said the lights had been off for three weeks in January during a period when general road repairs were being carried out.

She said: “They were repaired but they were only on again for just a few days – and now the whole street is out again, dark for the last six days.

“I think it’s disgusting. I’ve asked when the repairs might be done again and a workman said it could be another 20 working days.

“It’s just not safe at this time of year for old folk around here when it’s dark for so much of the time.

“It’s pitch black. Work to replace the kerbs has not been finished and it’s just dangerous.”

Coun Jack Scott, cabinet member for environment, said: “Our Streets Ahead team inspected the lights on the same day the fault was reported. We found a fault with the electricity cable network that Northern Powergrid maintains, so promptly passed it to them to resolve.”

A spokesman for National Powergrid said engineers were now working at the site.

He said: “They are searching for the cause of the fault and we are confident they will be able to rectify the situation very quickly.”

 

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