Clock change to British Summer Time could affect streetlights across Hertfordshire

Streetlights in Hertfordshire could be affected by the move to British Summer Time

Streetlights in Hertfordshire could be affected by the move to British Summer Time

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The imminent changeover to British Summer Time may cause problems with streetlights, residents have been warned.

Hertfordshire County Council said it expected some lights may fail to come on when the clocks go forward an hour on Sunday, March 30.

The county's streetlights first started malfunctioning in 2012 after the council implemented its money-saving switch-off scheme, which sees thousands of lights turned off between midnight and 6am.

Initially the issue caused large numbers of streetlights to cut out, leaving many streets in the area in darkness.

At the time the cause of the problem was identified as an issue with the lights’ photocells, which control the timed switch-on, and thousands had to be replaced.

This week, the Conservative-run council blamed the ongoing issues on its contractor, Amey Lafarge, which it said will be expected to fix any malfunctioning lights at its own expense.

Terry Douris, the council’s cabinet member for highways, said: "We continue to work with the contractor - Amey Lafarge - who supplied the part-night streetlight timing devices to get them to resolve this issue. We expect Amey Lafarge to fix this soon and at their own expense.

"We are very disappointed that this hasn’t been resolved by now, despite our persistence.

"We want to make residents aware of this potential issue so that if you spot that a light hasn’t turned on for one night, you’ll know why. I apologise for any inconvenience or concern this may cause."

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8:55am Wed 19 Mar 14

Short But Useful says...

Since November 2011 when the midnight to 6am blackout was introduced in Borehamwood to save money we have experienced this issue just before one of the bi-annual clock changes. It really is about time the parties involved sorted this out rather then passing the buck as the people who suffer are the residents they are supposed to be serving and who pay their Council Tax for the lights to be on.
Since November 2011 when the midnight to 6am blackout was introduced in Borehamwood to save money we have experienced this issue just before one of the bi-annual clock changes. It really is about time the parties involved sorted this out rather then passing the buck as the people who suffer are the residents they are supposed to be serving and who pay their Council Tax for the lights to be on. Short But Useful
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10:34am Wed 19 Mar 14

dutch holland says...

Think this has already started to go wrong. Two street lights off in Brownlow Road at 11.30 pm last night, 5 by the Crown Pub and one in Goldfinch Way.
Think this has already started to go wrong. Two street lights off in Brownlow Road at 11.30 pm last night, 5 by the Crown Pub and one in Goldfinch Way. dutch holland
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10:47am Wed 19 Mar 14

jan62k says...

The street lights in Whitehall Close were also out at 11.10 pm last night
The street lights in Whitehall Close were also out at 11.10 pm last night jan62k
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1:11pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Markcr0 says...

dutch holland wrote:
Think this has already started to go wrong. Two street lights off in Brownlow Road at 11.30 pm last night, 5 by the Crown Pub and one in Goldfinch Way.
Along with all the street lights outside the Hart & Spool !
[quote][p][bold]dutch holland[/bold] wrote: Think this has already started to go wrong. Two street lights off in Brownlow Road at 11.30 pm last night, 5 by the Crown Pub and one in Goldfinch Way.[/p][/quote]Along with all the street lights outside the Hart & Spool ! Markcr0
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1:13pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Markcr0 says...

Could the council arrange to turn off all the street lights that are on 24 hours a day around the Meadow Park / Aycliffe Road area !?!?!?
Could the council arrange to turn off all the street lights that are on 24 hours a day around the Meadow Park / Aycliffe Road area !?!?!? Markcr0
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1:13pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Bwood15 says...

Loads of streets last night had no street lights at 7:30pm?? I had to turn on the torch on my phone to see where I was going as the pavement is hardly level, could see myself going over. They had main roads lit but not little side streets, dangerous on all levels,
Loads of streets last night had no street lights at 7:30pm?? I had to turn on the torch on my phone to see where I was going as the pavement is hardly level, could see myself going over. They had main roads lit but not little side streets, dangerous on all levels, Bwood15
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2:13pm Wed 19 Mar 14

sj6 says...

Bott of Cardinal Avenue Light has been out most of winter. Very risky considering the wheelchair users often have to go onto the road and cannot be seen.
Bott of Cardinal Avenue Light has been out most of winter. Very risky considering the wheelchair users often have to go onto the road and cannot be seen. sj6
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7:46am Thu 20 Mar 14

TFEB says...

Parts of Borehamwood and Radlett near Newberries school were out about 7:30 last night.
Parts of Borehamwood and Radlett near Newberries school were out about 7:30 last night. TFEB
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