Gloom for improvement

PUBLISHED: 13:19 23 February 2007 | UPDATED: 22:37 28 May 2010

Let there be lights:  Eileen Church and Martin Fisher seeking illumination

Let there be lights: Eileen Church and Martin Fisher seeking illumination

RESIDENTS of a quiet Chatteris street have been left in the dark for almost a month after street lights stopped working. There are only two lamps in Station Road but the residents say that, after making a number of complaints over the past four weeks, nob

RESIDENTS of a quiet Chatteris street have been left in the dark for almost a month after street lights stopped working.

There are only two lamps in Station Road but the residents say that, after making a number of complaints over the past four weeks, nobody is prepared to get the problem sorted on their behalf.

One resident, Martin Fisher, reported the incident several times at the town's Fenland District Council One Stop Shop and to Cambridgeshire County Council, the authority responsible for street lighting, over the past few weeks.

He said: "Nobody has addressed the issue. You would think that they would have clicked on and said there is a problem, the lights are not working, and let's get whoever is responsible to sort it out.

"And it does not look like we are going to get any lighting in the near future unless we do something more about it because no-one else will.

"We do not care who sorts it, we need the lights."

Fellow Station Road resident Eileen Church also said she had reported the problems to the One Stop Shop and was given another number to call.

"Why can't they just pass it on to the correct people," she said.

Cambridgeshire County Council said it was a problem with a connection to the lamps, and it had been chasing EDF Energy to get the problem rectified.

A spokesman said: "We were made aware of the problem on February 5 and, when lights go out, we make sure they are fixed in as short a time as possible.

"Although we are doing our best to move EDF along, we are waiting for them to carry out the necessary repairs."

- As we went to press, EDF Energy said the Station Road street lights were now fully operational.

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