Bro­ken street lights spark out­rage

The Oban Times - - FRONT PAGE -

A DUNOLLIE man who is await­ing a hip re­place­ment has spo­ken out about bro­ken street lights af­ter fall­ing in the dark, writes David McPhee.

Peter Howe, 28, has been com­plain­ing about the lack of light in Cor­ran Brae since the be­gin­ning of Au­gust.

Peter’s part­ner starts work in the early hours of the morn­ing, but at that time ‘you can’t see where you’re go­ing’, he said. ‘It’s not safe.

‘I have to stay up to drive her to work then drive home again. It’s the same when I walk the dog – I can’t see a thing. I need a hip re­place­ment and if I fall, which I have done, it could dam­age me more. It was a stone on the pave­ment. I just went over it be­cause I couldn’t see.

‘I would just like to say if they are go­ing to cut ser­vices and make peo­ple pay coun­cil tax, then peo­ple should be able to use the road and the pave­ment, es­pe­cially when old peo­ple live there. Could you imag­ine some­one aged 80? It’s daunt­ing enough for me. It’s ridicu­lous.’

Peter has been in con­tact with coun­cil­lor for Oban North and Lorn, Julie McKen­zie.

Coun­cil­lor McKen­zie said: ‘I raised a case on be­half of Dunollie res­i­dents on this is­sue in Au­gust and I have been se­ri­ously dis­ap­pointed by the mis­in­for­ma­tion, con­tra­dic­tion, lack of ac­tion and an­swers since.

‘I raised the is­sue with SSE pub­licly on Twit­ter and have now been ad­vised that the coun­cil has re­spon­si­bil­ity to com­plete the work.

‘This has been a pub­lic safety is­sue from the start and the fail­ure to com­plete the work and lack of com­mu­ni­ca­tion with res­i­dents from both the coun­cil and SSE is sim­ply not good enough.

‘I’m now wait­ing on a timescale for com­ple­tion of the job from coun­cil of­fi­cers and have asked for an apol­ogy for the res­i­dents of Dunollie.’

A spokesman for the Scot­tish and South­ern Elec­tric­ity Net­works said: ‘SSEN was no­ti­fied by Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil on Au­gust 8, 2017, about an is­sue with the street lights.

‘SSEN engi­neers at­tended the site and iden­ti­fied an un­der­ground ca­ble fault that had oc­curred on the net­work. Works were car­ried out to re­pair the fault and re­in­force the street light­ing net­work. This work was com­pleted by Oc­to­ber 24.’

A spokesman for Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil said: ‘Now that SSE has re­stored the sup­ply, we are able to com­plete the fi­nal stage of the work, and this is sched­uled to be done by the week­end.’

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