Out-of-action Potters Bar street lights spark crime concerns

PUBLISHED: 10:48 22 February 2018 | UPDATED: 10:53 22 February 2018

Carol and Declan Hayes. Picture Supplied.

Carol and Declan Hayes. Picture Supplied.

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Residents of a Potters Bar street are fearful it will become a crime hot spot due to numerous street lights being out of action for seven months.

Carol Hayes down the pavement in Birch Grove which hasn't been lit up since last August. Picture Supplied.Carol Hayes down the pavement in Birch Grove which hasn't been lit up since last August. Picture Supplied.

Carol, 52, and her husband Declan Hayes, of Birch Grove, have told the Potters Bar Edition how four footpath lights have not been reconnected to a power supply after housing development work took place last August.

Mrs Hayes, who works in sales, is concerned that the area will become a hotspot for crime due to it being “a complete blackout”.

She said: “It makes me extremely anxious and it’s scary walking through.

“A lot of elderly people walk through and it must be terrifying for them.”

Carol and Declan Hayes. Picture Supplied.Carol and Declan Hayes. Picture Supplied.

Mrs Hayes describes how she has to pull out her phone to use it as a light so she can see the ground and make sure no-one is sneaking up on her.

She added: “We already have a burglary problem in the town so this is really unsafe for them to be out of action.

“It’s ridiculous that it has taken this long.

“All they need to do is reconnect them.”

The pavement in Birch Grove which hasn't been lit up since last August. Picture Supplied.The pavement in Birch Grove which hasn't been lit up since last August. Picture Supplied.

The Potters Bar resident of four years said she has been “passed from pillar to post” between Hertfordshire County Council and UK Power Networks.

Mrs Hayes said: “Someone needs to take the initiative and do something about this before someone is attacked walking up this long dark path.”

A spokesman from Beechwood Homes, the company that carried out the housing development half a year ago, confirmed that UK Power Networks were paid back in September 2017 to reconnect the lights.

He said: “We have chased them many times to get the job done but it has still not been carried out.”

After the Welwyn Hatfield Times contacted UK Power Networks it was arranged for a member of staff to reconnect the lights on Friday.

A spokeswoman for UK Power Networks said: “We fully understand the residents’ concerns, and apologise for the time it has taken to connect the street light.

“We apologise for the inconvenience this has caused and will be investigating why the light was not connected when originally scheduled.”

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