Ranui still in the dark af­ter June’s storm

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Be­van Cook prefers not to be in the dark.

The Ranui res­i­dent is an­noyed that since the June 21 storm, street­lights have been out in Princess St, Mexted Tce and Arawata Cres, near his home.

He said he had made fre­quent calls to Welling­ton Elec­tric­ity and Porirua City Coun­cil, but the is­sue re­mained.

‘‘There are 20 lights in those three streets and one is wink­ing on and off.

‘‘They’ve been out for eight weeks now and I think it’s dis­grace­ful,’’ he said.

‘‘ The [ city] coun­cil says it will li­aise with Welling­ton Elec­tric­ity about it, but noth­ing is get­ting done.

‘‘I’m go­ing around in cir­cles here – it’s dark and danger­ous at night and there will be an ac­ci­dent sooner or later.’’

Mr Cook said a friend driv­ing in Arawata Cres re­cently had to take eva­sive ac­tion to avoid an­other car that he couldn’t spot ow­ing to lack of street­lights.

Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett said it was not an is­sue re­stricted to Ranui.

Streets in Ti­tahi Bay and Pukerua Bay had also had out­ages since the June storm, with some still out now.

Mr Leggett said he had spo­ken to Welling­ton Elec­tric­ity rep­re­sen­ta­tives and the prob­lem was be­ing ad­dressed. He un­der­stood bulbs had blown in the Ranui street­lights.

Mr Leggett said it was im­por­tant the coun­cil was aware of where lights were out so Welling­ton Elec­tric­ity could be in­formed.

‘‘Peo­ple need se­cu­rity at this time of year, when it’s dark ear­lier. It’s very im­por­tant they [street­lights] are op­er­a­tional, but I have to un­der­stand where it’s hap­pen­ing.’’

He said he wanted res­i­dents to let him know – via the city coun­cil’s Face­book page or by ring­ing the call cen­tre on 237 5089 – which streets didn’t have lights work­ing.

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