Noak Bridge streetlights have been off for three weeks

Southend Standard: Concerns – Renee Miller and friend Maureen Mott in New Waverley Road, Noak Bridge Concerns – Renee Miller and friend Maureen Mott in New Waverley Road, Noak Bridge

A STREET has been plunged into darkness for more than three weeks because of faulty streetlights.

Lights in New Waverley Road, Noak Bridge, won’t turn on because of recent heavy rain and flooding, which has caused an electrical fault.

Residents fear there could be an accident if the problem is not sorted out.

They have contacted Essex County Council on numerous occasions, but the lights remain out of order.

Resident Renee Miller, 77, said: “Me and my neighbours have all been in touch with the council, but we keep getting fobbed off. It has told us it’s an electrical fault, but I don’t understand how it can take three weeks to fix it.

“Nothing is getting done.

“I got dropped off by a taxi at about 6pm the other night and I nearly fell over as I was getting out because it’s so dark.

“There are a lot of elderly people living around here and they’re petrified to go out in the evenings now.

The whole road is pitch black unless someone has their living room light on.

“I heard some streetlights are staying on for the time being, but it doesn’t mean anything to us.”

Essex County Council’s controversial decision to switch off streetlights across Basildon between midnight and 5am was halted just hours before it was due to start two weeks ago.

It was pushed back until further notice after the decision was called in, meaning it will have to be reconsidered.

Engineers are set to repair the lights in New Waverley Road next Monday – a month after they went out.

A spokesman for highways at Essex County Council said: “Essex Highways carried out a site investigation of the streetlights in this location on January 24 and found, due to the exceptional high levels of prolonged rainfall currently being experienced in the county, electrical faults have occurred with a number of the streetlights in this area.

“Essex Highways has arranged for repairs to take place from February 17.”

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7:48am Sat 15 Feb 14

Canvey Guy says...

It not just Noak Bridge that ECC can't or wont fix. I reported 7 lights in a row not working by the Charfleets estate in December and they are still not fixed. Yesterday the Echo reported on the rise in brake in on Charfleets.

Coincidence ???? No. ECC are not fit for the job.
It not just Noak Bridge that ECC can't or wont fix. I reported 7 lights in a row not working by the Charfleets estate in December and they are still not fixed. Yesterday the Echo reported on the rise in brake in on Charfleets. Coincidence ???? No. ECC are not fit for the job. Canvey Guy
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8:29am Sat 15 Feb 14

takeitinyourstride says...

oh for christ sake get a life and a torch!! People in some parts of this country are suffering and have been suffering with several feet of water in their homes since before christmas. A bit of darkness is nothing
oh for christ sake get a life and a torch!! People in some parts of this country are suffering and have been suffering with several feet of water in their homes since before christmas. A bit of darkness is nothing takeitinyourstride
  • Score: 5

12:54pm Sat 15 Feb 14

maddriver says...

takeitinyourstride wrote:
oh for christ sake get a life and a torch!! People in some parts of this country are suffering and have been suffering with several feet of water in their homes since before christmas. A bit of darkness is nothing
It can be when you are elderly. These people are also being charged for a service and are being endangered because the council won't do what they are paid to do.
The one who needs a life is you. We are all aware what's going on in other parts of the country, but that's not relevant to this story.
[quote][p][bold]takeitinyourstride[/bold] wrote: oh for christ sake get a life and a torch!! People in some parts of this country are suffering and have been suffering with several feet of water in their homes since before christmas. A bit of darkness is nothing[/p][/quote]It can be when you are elderly. These people are also being charged for a service and are being endangered because the council won't do what they are paid to do. The one who needs a life is you. We are all aware what's going on in other parts of the country, but that's not relevant to this story. maddriver
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2:17pm Sat 15 Feb 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

You lot are lucky to have electric lighting, all villages need to have them removed, those lights should be used in cities only..
You lot are lucky to have electric lighting, all villages need to have them removed, those lights should be used in cities only.. You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat
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1:01pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Howard Cháse says...

Someone's probably rerouted the wiring to abstract the power for their hydroponic skunk farm.....
Someone's probably rerouted the wiring to abstract the power for their hydroponic skunk farm..... Howard Cháse
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