New street lights installation slated by local councillor

Northumberland County Council has come in for heavy criticism from one of its councillors over the new LED lights which are currently being installed across the county.

Thursday, 14th September 2017, 08:57 am
Updated Wednesday, 13th September 2017, 12:58 pm
Georgina Hill

Coun Georgina Hill, Independent member for Berwick East, raised the issue at last week’s full council meeting.

She asked Coun Glen Sanderson, the portfolio holder for environment and local services, what steps were being taken to address the numerous complaints being made by residents in relation to the installation and performance of the new LED lights.

She also asked whether the authority was satisfied that there has been adequate communication to town and county councillors and residents on the matter.

Coun Sanderson acknowledged that the communication of the problems had not been good enough but insisted that he was aware of the issues and they are being dealt with.

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Coun Hill added: “There are some areas plunged into darkness, while others are lit up like airports and people can’t sleep due to lights beaming down into their bedrooms.

“There are some lights completely hidden in overgrown trees, there are holes being dug in the ground and then re-filled without the new lights being installed.

“There are engineers looking in to gaping holes, shaking their heads saying that it is beyond their pay grade – the whole situation is farcical,” she added.