Councillor takes dim view of time taken to fix lights
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