Street lights left on during the day despite council cuts

Street lights left on during the day despite council cuts

A number of ‘faulty’ street lights have been reported to Hertfordshire County Council after being left on throughout the day.

A number of reports have been made across the town, including in Graveley Avenue, Cleveland Crescent and Berkeley Close

First published in News Borehamwood Times: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

Streets lights across the town are being left turned on during the middle of the day, despite county council attempts to cut costs.

A number of ‘faulty’ street lights have been reported to Hertfordshire County Council after being left on throughout the day in spite of their night-time switch-off policy.

Reports have been made across the town, including in Graveley Avenue, Cleveland Crescent and Berkeley Close - with a number of roads in Radlett also being affected.

Adrian Monks, who reported several streetlights near his home on June 20, said: “I reported this issue about a month ago but have now been told the cases are being closed off because they couldn’t find the fault. It’s been going on for about six weeks or so, with the lights on at all hours during the daytime, so it seems obvious to me that there is something wrong.”

According to the council, there is a fault with equipment used in the lights that was sourced by a previous contractor and is in the process of being resolved.

A county council spokesman said: “Our contractor Ringway is responsible for the maintenance of street lights and works to keep street lights on traffic routes free from fault. To help achieve this, they employ operational teams who patrol these roads during both day and night to identify faulty street lights.

"We are aware that some street lights are on during the day. We are working with our previous contractor to identify the cause of the fault and to find the most efficient way to resolve this.”

In 2011, Hertfordshire County Council started turning street lights off at night on many streets as part of cost-savings scheme.

Around 70 per cent of the county's street lights are on for only part of the night, meaning that most are switched on from dusk to around midnight and, during the winter, in the morning rush hour.

The 'night-time switch-off' is currently thought to be saving around £1.3 million a year.

To report any faulty lights, visit the council website www.hertsdirect.org/highwayfaults

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10:58am Fri 18 Jul 14

Reader (R) says...

Quite a few street lights stay on all day in Radlett too. Obviously not deemed to be a problem as I observed a Ringway Street Lighting Vehicle cruising up and down and taking absolutely no notice of the lights that were on during the day.
Quite a few street lights stay on all day in Radlett too. Obviously not deemed to be a problem as I observed a Ringway Street Lighting Vehicle cruising up and down and taking absolutely no notice of the lights that were on during the day. Reader (R)
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1:17pm Fri 18 Jul 14

pumasathome says...

We live in Cleveland Crescent this problem has not been going on for months but for YEARS ever since the night time switch off. I have reported them so many times and have had the reply problem 'resolved', which it has not. There are some in Maxwell Road which are also faulty and one that is broken also 'resolved' but not. I have now given up reporting the faults.
We live in Cleveland Crescent this problem has not been going on for months but for YEARS ever since the night time switch off. I have reported them so many times and have had the reply problem 'resolved', which it has not. There are some in Maxwell Road which are also faulty and one that is broken also 'resolved' but not. I have now given up reporting the faults. pumasathome
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2:51pm Fri 18 Jul 14

ANt Gee says...

I would suggest contacting your borough Councillors directly (e-mail addresses should be on the borough council website) and asking them to get involved. Surely it is one of their duties to sort out our problems. Mention to them you will be upating your progress on here!
I would suggest contacting your borough Councillors directly (e-mail addresses should be on the borough council website) and asking them to get involved. Surely it is one of their duties to sort out our problems. Mention to them you will be upating your progress on here! ANt Gee
  • Score: 1

4:19pm Fri 18 Jul 14

apb028 says...

Have also had the "resolved" reply to faults I have reported when absolutely nothing has been done!!
Have also had the "resolved" reply to faults I have reported when absolutely nothing has been done!! apb028
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6:58pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Sweet Hanson says...

Organ Hall path way is pitch black at night , the pavement is all broken the lamppost has wires hanging out has been for ages , was reported in January still the same , if ringways drive around how do the check pathways and alleys ?
Organ Hall path way is pitch black at night , the pavement is all broken the lamppost has wires hanging out has been for ages , was reported in January still the same , if ringways drive around how do the check pathways and alleys ? Sweet Hanson
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