Coun­cil­lor takes dim view of time taken to fix lights

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FRONT PAGE - by Paul Francis

NEARLY 600 street lights around Ash­ford are on the blink and close to a third of those have been faulty for more than a month, Kent County Coun­cil has ad­mit­ted.

The sit­u­a­tion has been de­scribed as out­ra­geous by Lib­eral Demo­crat county coun­cil­lor Ge­orge Koowa­ree.

County road chiefs say that they are work­ing to fix the prob­lems and that they are now spend­ing dou­ble the money orig­i­nally al­lo­cated in a bid to make sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments.

Ac­cord­ing to the county coun­cil, there are 584 street lights bro­ken in and around Ash­ford, rep­re­sent­ing nearly five per cent of all lights.

Of those, close to 200 have been bro­ken for longer than a month.

Cllr Koowa­ree said: “Street lights are very im­por­tant both in crime pre­ven­tion and road safety. It is out­ra­geous that so many lights are out and stay out for such a long time.”

Cllr Keith Fer­rin, KCC’s cabi­net mem­ber for high­ways, said: “The re­sources for re­pairs has now been dou­bled in the Ash­ford area and sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment in re­duc­ing the faults is now ex­pected.”

The county coun­cil an­nounced last week that it was ear­mark­ing an ex­tra £500,000 to be spent on re­pair­ing faulty street lights across Kent.

Cllr Ge­orge Koowa­ree

Bro­ken street light in Stan­hope

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