Argument over spring equinox streetlight glitch in Hertfordshire

Streetlight on

Streetlight on - Credit: Archant

A row over streetlight faults caused by the clocks going forward has broken out between Lib Dems and a senior Tory at County Hall.

Cllr Stephen Giles-Medhurst

Cllr Stephen Giles-Medhurst - Credit: Archant

Lib Dems said they were left “stunned” that for the third year-running streetlights have been “thrown into chaos”.

Terry Douris, executive member for HCC's highways and waste management branch

Terry Douris, executive member for HCC's highways and waste management branch - Credit: Archant

Lib Dem councillor Stephen Giles-Medhurst said: “After almost three years of switching the lights off at midnight we still cannot get an assurance that the regular problem we have had every time the clocks change will not occur.”

Terry Douris, executive member for highways and waste management at Hertfordshire County Council (HCC), admitted the problem led to “lights going on and going off at unusual times”.

He said the problem was “a curiosity” with the computer chips, which control the timings of the lamps, which only occurred around the spring equinox.

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He told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “We are aware of it and we are working with the suppliers to correct it.

“I would absolutely reject that we knowingly bought faulty equipment.”

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He added: “There is an oddity for about two days and it settles down and goes back to normal.”

He conceded the council “regretted” the problem and was due to have replacements installed for free.

Remember to put your clocks forward an hour on Sunday.

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