Ranui still in the dark after June’s storm
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.