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Streetlights in Brighton roads turn on in the day and off at night after suffering malfunction

The Argus: Streetlights turn on in the day and off at night after suffering malfunction Streetlights turn on in the day and off at night after suffering malfunction

The sun shines a little brighter on the residents of this street - where streetlamps blaze through all hours of the day.

Despite seven weeks of complaints from residents in Graham Avenue, Brighton the city council and power network have failed to shine a light on the problem.

And the issue - which also affects nearby Old Farm Road, Greenfield Crescent and Warmdene Road - does not look set to be resolved soon as Brighton and Hove City Council and UK Power Networks both blame each other for the “intermittent” problem.

One resident said up to 300 streetlights could be malfunctioning, wasting money and energy. Some blaze through the day and then turn off at night.

Another resident Jakki Robinson said: “It's definitely wasteful.

“About six weeks ago all of the street lights went out for about a week and then they came back on and now some are permanently on.

“Some of the lights have been going off in the night and then coming on in the day.”


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Conservative parliamentary candidate for Brighton Pavilion Clarence Mitchell said residents raised the issue with him while he was canvassing in the road.

He said: “One of the residents said he gave up complaining because it was costing him too much money in phone calls.

“It seems ridiculous it would take so long and waste so much energy from a council who is supposed to be so concerned with environmental issues.”

A council spokeswoman played down the cost saying that each light cost only £24 per year.

She added: “There is an intermittent problem with the cable network affecting Graham Avenue and Old Farm Road which UK Power Networks is currently investigating.

“We appreciate that residents are concerned about the problem which is bigger than we initially thought and thank them for keeping us informed with problems.

“We can assure them that a detailed investigation is underway and once we receive a report from UKPN we will act swiftly to remedy the problem.”

A UK Power Networks spokesman said: “We believe the problem lies with the council's column as UK Power Networks' responsibility ends with getting an electricity supply to the column.

“If the lights are on, clearly that is being fulfilled.”

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11:09am Sun 20 Apr 14

NickBtn says...

The council's attitude to waste is shown clearly by their comment that each light only costs £24 per year to work wrongly. Well with 300 of them that's over £7000.

These sums add up and clearly the council, despite it's claims of needing more money and giving an above inflation council tax rise, still has and accepts waste. The fact that it's currently a green council and this waste is energy just makes comic.
The council's attitude to waste is shown clearly by their comment that each light only costs £24 per year to work wrongly. Well with 300 of them that's over £7000. These sums add up and clearly the council, despite it's claims of needing more money and giving an above inflation council tax rise, still has and accepts waste. The fact that it's currently a green council and this waste is energy just makes comic. NickBtn
  • Score: 6

2:45pm Sun 20 Apr 14

FatherTed11 says...

Greens!
Greens! FatherTed11
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