Streetlight problems strike again in Herts

Parts of Stevenage were plunged into darkness early

Parts of Stevenage were plunged into darkness early - Credit: Archant

STREETLIGHT problems struck again this week, with parts of a town plunged into darkness earlier than normal for the second time in a month.

On Sunday, there were a number of reports that the streetlights had switched off early in parts of Stevenage.

The lights are meant to go off at midnight under Herts County Council’s (HCC’s) part night lighting scheme, but many were out some hours before.

It follows a similar incident at the end of March which hit streets across Herts. County and Stevenage borough councillor Robin Parker, who has campaigned for the switch-off to be scrapped, claims the problem is related to the clock change.

He said: “Whatever the eventual conclusion, the facts remain that there is still a major fault on the system which was supposed already to have been sorted out after the failures elsewhere in the county.

“If HCC had not mucked about with our street lights we would not have all these problems. The fault can re-occur anywhere at any time.”

He added: “HCC must insist that the contractor tests, and replaces if necessary, every single photocell in the county, at no cost to the council tax payers.”

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Herts County Council said it was aware of the faults.

“We experienced similar faults during March which were caused by a manufacturing fault in a photocell,” said a spokesman.

“A number of lights each went out early for a single night and continued to work as normal the following night.

“We are continuing to work with our previous contractors, Amey Lafarge, to understand the latest problem but we believe the cause to be the same as previously experienced. Amey Lafarge will take whatever action is necessary to correct the fault at no cost to the county council.”

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