Hun­dreds of street lights fixed

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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