Hundreds of street lights fixed
HUNDREDS of street lights have been fixed following the revelation last month that almost 600 were on the blink in Ashford. Kent Highway Services told a meeting of the Joint Transportation Board that the number of street lights not working in Ashford had now fallen to 232. The last published figures reveal 468 lights were not working in Ashford as of February 28, compared to the next highest district for Kent, Swale, which had 251 with a fault. Behdad Haratbar, head of transportation and planning at Kent Highways, admitted a shortage of resources had led to complaints not being dealt with in the recommended seven-day period. Average repair times stand at nearly 19 days in Ashford, compared to 14 in Tunbridge Wells, the next highest. Swale had the lowest repair time at just under seven days. Cllr King said: “It’s terrible that we have twice as many lights out as the next worst district and it takes twice as long again to get the problem rectified.” The meeting heard that an average of 20 faults relating to street lights in Ashford are reported to the highways department each day but it was pointed out these could refer to the same problem.