Fam­ily in dark over faulty lamp

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FRONT PAGE -

AN ASH­FORD wo­man says that she has been left in the dark as to when the street light out­side her house will be fixed.

The lamp, in Speld­hurst Close, Ash­ford, stopped work­ing on Novem­ber 30, 2006.

Since then Ruth Humphries has bom­barded the au­thor­i­ties with e-mails and phone calls but all to no avail.

“It is pitch black out­side our house now,” said Mrs Humphries.

“We can’t see any­thing when we get back to the house or go out­side. It isn’t safe for peo­ple walk­ing by and it is to­tally in­con­ve­nient for us.

“There are about three other street lights in the area which aren’t work­ing.

“I am an­noyed with the lack of re­sponse from the coun­cil. In their leaflet, the county coun­cil say re­pairs will be made in seven to 10 work­ing days, but it is more than 90 days now.”

Mrs Humphries was told that a scaf­fold­ing unit is needed to fix the light and that as there is only one in Kent, a long wait is in­evitable.

Kent High­way Ser­vices spokesman Phil Scrivener said: “We are sorry for the de­lay re­pair­ing the light in Speld­hurst Close.

“For safety rea­sons, the light can only be fixed us­ing scaf­fold­ing as it is on a foot­path with re­stricted ac­cess.

“We will ar­range for the light to be re­paired as soon as pos­si­ble.”

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