Streetlight woe as pensioners blast blackout

PUBLISHED: 15:00 19 May 2013

Furious residents at Desborough Close

Furious residents at Desborough Close


PENSIONERS on a Welwyn Garden City road have been without streetlights for around five months.

An angry Desborough Close resident has hit out after suffering in the “pitch black” since January.

Valerie Houlihan, 67, told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “It is pitch black and there are all these old people in bungalows and they live there on their own.

“The 12 of us pay £1,600 a year for light and electricity and we haven’t had any for five months.

“It seems they are just palming us off and it is all wrong.”

The private road is owned by Welwyn Garden City Housing Association and its chief executive says his staff are working to fix the problem. Reg Bek said it had taken so long to sort out because a contractor went into liquidation and the charity now had to pay £15,000 to repair the lights.

In the meantime residents have been advised to leave their external lights on – which Mr Bek claims are brighter than streetlights – and a temporary electrical supply is being sought.

“It is not a case that the place is pitch black,” he said.

“We have apologised and all the residents have been written to.”

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