Family in dark over faulty lamp
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.”