The leader of the opposition at Herts County Council has hit out at contractors responsible for a street lighting fault which has plunged some areas into unexpected darkness.
A problem with the part-night streetlight timing devices – supplied by Amey Lafarge on behalf of the county – has meant lights in some parts of Herts have failed to turn on even before the usual switch-off time of midnight.
The issue, which only applies to streetlights operating on the part-night timing schedule, started last week and could continue until a week after the clocks go forward this Sunday.
County Liberal Democrats say they are ‘stunned’ by the issue.
The party’s leader on the council Stephen Giles-Medhurst said: “After almost three years of switching the lights off at midnight we still cannot get any assurance that the regular problem we have had every time the clocks change will not occur.
“Each year we are assured it will not be a problem. At least this time the Tories have admitted in advance there will be problems. The question I want answered is why on earth did they pay for faulty equipment to start with, was the night time turn-off rushed through with no checking on equipment or its capability?”
Herts cabinet member for highways Terry Douris said: “ We expect Amey Lafarge to fix this soon and at their own expense. We are very disappointed that this hasn’t been resolved by now, despite our persistence.
“We want to make residents aware of this potential issue so that if you spot a light hasn’t turned on for one night, you’ll know why.”