Street lights: We’re still in the Dark Ages
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