Street lights: We’re still in the Dark Ages

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

WE hear how Ash­ford is be­ing pro­pelled into the fu­ture but it would seem it is still in the Dark Ages. This week we re­veal al­most 600 street lights in the bor­ough are not work­ing. Many of th­ese have been faulty for more than a month. The Ken­tish Ex­press has re­ceived a steady stream of let­ters from peo­ple com­plain­ing about street lights in their roads. A street light out­side my home has not been work­ing for sev­eral months. It is not only an in­con­ve­nience, as my neigh­bours and I strug­gle to find our keys in the pitch black, but there are also safety is­sues. Even walk­ing the short dis­tance from the car park to the front door be­comes a lit­tle daunt­ing when done in the pitch black. Street lights play a huge part in de­ter­ring crime and in­creas­ing pub­lic safety. Those who have com­plained to the coun­cil have been told that cer­tain street lights re­quire a spe­cific piece of equip­ment. There is only one of th­ese to ser­vice the whole county. Sud­denly the joke “how many peo­ple does it take to change a light bulb”, is not so funny. It would be in­ter­est­ing to know how many ac­ci­dents, mi­nor or ma­jor, could have been avoided if there had been bet­ter light­ing. For now, those of us wait­ing to have street lights fixed are still in the dark as to when that will hap­pen.

Even walk­ing the short dis­tance from the car park to the front door be­comes a lit­tle daunt­ing when done in the pitch black

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