Par­ent’s anger over pitch lights de­lay

The Oban Times - - News -

‘AN AB­SO­LUTE joke’ was how one Caol par­ent de­scribed the on-go­ing sit­u­a­tion at the vil­lage’s new five-a-side foot­ball pitch.

Caol and Mal­laig coun­cil­lor Ben Thomp­son con­tacted The

Oban Times af­ter re­ceiv­ing nu­mer­ous com­plaints about lights at the pitch not work­ing.

The par­ent, who asked not to be named, said: ‘This prob­lem with the lights has been go­ing on for about five months. It’s a farce be­cause the kids can’t go out and play now that we are in win­ter and it’s dark early.’

Mr Thomp­son feared if the sit­u­a­tion was not re­solved soon it might put peo­ple off get­ting in­volved in com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties, say­ing: ‘ We should be en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple in the com­mu­nity to or­gan­ise ac­tiv­i­ties.’

A High­land Coun­cil spokesper­son said: ‘The new light­ing for the com­mu­nity pitch op­er­ates on the same prin­ci­pal as the pre­vi­ous lights in that the light­ing switches off at a pre- de­ter­mined time ev­ery evening. The new lights have an ad­di­tional push-but­ton fea­ture which ac­ti­vates the lights for 30- 45mins at a time en­sur­ing the lights are not left on un-nec­es­sar­ily when not in use. When ini­tially in­stalled, ev­ery­thing was work­ing as de­signed apart from the lights still go­ing on af­ter the 10pm shut down time when the push but­ton was ac­ti­vated. This was traced to a fault in the time­clock and a re­place­ment was in­stalled.

‘Shortly af­ter this, the re­place­ment time­clock de­vel­oped a sim­i­lar prob­lem and to min­imise dis­tur­bance to neigh­bour­ing prop­er­ties from the lights be­ing ac­ti­vated in the early hours of the morn­ing, the lights were switched off un­til a fur­ther re­place­ment could be sourced.

‘ We have been given as­sur­ance from the con­trac­tors that an en­gi­neer will visit Caol this af­ter­noon (Tues­day Fe­bru­ary 7) to fit a new con­troller.’

Pho­to­graph: Abright­side Pho­tog­ra­phy.

Coun­cil­lor Ben Thomp­son at the Caol five-a-side pitch.

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