Lights Out On The Avenue

Residents kept in the dark over repairs to street lighting

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Residents of The Avenue have been in the dark for eight weeks after four streets lights went on the blink.

The lights, situated consecutively at the Bedford Corner end of The Avenue, were first reported by resident Clare Williamson on 17th November.

After the council failed to repair the faults, Ms Williamson contacted her local Councillor Gary Malcolm with her concerns.

Looking into the matter, Cllr Malcolm discovered a series of errors by the lighting contractor, Ealing Lighting Limited, and their management by Ealing Council. These errors included missing promised deadlines, miscommunication and then stating that, contrary to residents' claims, the lights were working when they clearly were not.

Clare Williamson told, “It is completely dark at night. Only the shops near Bedford corner give some light. When they shut there is no light. It’s the Council job to light our streets. That is what I pay my rates for.”

Councillor Gary Malcolm added, “It really annoys me when the Council and their contractors let residents down. Having one light out increases the chances of personal crime but four next to each other really adds to the risk.

"I expect that the contractor and the Council fix the lights or install temporary columns until they do.”

January 13, 2009