Faulty streetlamp in Main Street, Wheldrake is dangerous say villagers

Faulty streetlamp is dangerous say villagers

Faulty streetlamp is dangerous say villagers

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VILLAGERS are warning a faulty streetlight is “an accident waiting to happen”.

The streetlight in Main Street, Wheldrake, has been reported to City of York Council by a number of residents in recent months. It is claimed it creates a pool of darkness over a kerb and is a trip hazard.

Chris Rose said he had contacted the council on a number of occasions, and neighbouring residents had complained before him, but he wanted action to be taken after an incident this week.

He said: “The light has been broken and flickering on and off when it works, and has now given up the ghost.

“A little old dear tripped up the other night and it’s got beyond a bit of a joke. It’s just pitch black.

“The council told me it has been repaired but it goes on for five minutes then off for quarter of an hour or so.”

Rob Thomas, manager of Think Tank Entertainment in Main Street, said he had also reported the fault to a helpline on the lamppost “eight or nine times in the last year”.

He said: “I’ve seen the council come out and scratch their heads and it comes on in the day time, but at night it doesn’t work. I think people have got sick of reporting it.

"I think it’s absolutely disgraceful when we’re paying council tax and business rates and City of York Council can’t even fix a streetlight that’s been reported. I’ve heard people say they’ve been reporting it for years.”

Mr Thomas said the pavement near the light is uneven, and people “can’t see to the next lamppost”.

He also said he had reported the fault to the council himself “two or three times” in the last six months.

Mr Rose said: “It’s like being in a field in the middle of the night. It’s really dark until the next streetlight.

“I have nearly tripped up there, so for any old person it’s an accident waiting to happen.

“A friend of mine had to help up an old lady who’d tripped over the pavement which is very narrow and when we can’t see at night, it’s just pitch black.”

A council spokeswoman said it had only one record of one report of a fault in the last 14 months, and a preliminary investigation suggested the electricity board would be required to fix it.

However, a revisit showed there was “a problem with the trip which was reset”, and the council believed the light to be working again.

The spokeswoman said a worker had been sent to inspect the lamppost again on Friday to make a thorough investigation.

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8:45am Wed 5 Mar 14

again says...

Puts the Ukraine into perspective anway.
Puts the Ukraine into perspective anway. again
  • Score: 17

8:56am Wed 5 Mar 14

Pete the Brickie says...

again wrote:
Puts the Ukraine into perspective anway.
Just tell them the TUC are going to march past it or give them the address as James Street with the right postcode and column reference for Wheldrake. The helpline team will dispatch electrical engineers immediately due to the address being associated with non tax paying scoundrels, the repair team will use the column reference to get to the mainly Tory voting village of Wheldrake.
[quote][p][bold]again[/bold] wrote: Puts the Ukraine into perspective anway.[/p][/quote]Just tell them the TUC are going to march past it or give them the address as James Street with the right postcode and column reference for Wheldrake. The helpline team will dispatch electrical engineers immediately due to the address being associated with non tax paying scoundrels, the repair team will use the column reference to get to the mainly Tory voting village of Wheldrake. Pete the Brickie
  • Score: 12

10:02am Wed 5 Mar 14

THEWlZZARD says...

Nothing to do with the Ukraine, we're talkiing about York. We pay council tax and expect a service to be provided. With this council its an expectation too far.
Nothing to do with the Ukraine, we're talkiing about York. We pay council tax and expect a service to be provided. With this council its an expectation too far. THEWlZZARD
  • Score: -4

10:26am Wed 5 Mar 14

YorkPatrol says...

Is the faulty street dangerous or the fact it is not working dangerous?

Anyway, what are all these old people doing wandering around in the night – they should have more sense or or take candles out with them so they can re-live their childhood war memories
Is the faulty street dangerous or the fact it is not working dangerous? Anyway, what are all these old people doing wandering around in the night – they should have more sense or or take candles out with them so they can re-live their childhood war memories YorkPatrol
  • Score: 4

10:43am Wed 5 Mar 14

Oyy you says...

YorkPatrol wrote:
Is the faulty street dangerous or the fact it is not working dangerous?

Anyway, what are all these old people doing wandering around in the night – they should have more sense or or take candles out with them so they can re-live their childhood war memories
Oh come on, they might take a tumble whilst emptying their bed pans down the nearest drain.........
[quote][p][bold]YorkPatrol[/bold] wrote: Is the faulty street dangerous or the fact it is not working dangerous? Anyway, what are all these old people doing wandering around in the night – they should have more sense or or take candles out with them so they can re-live their childhood war memories[/p][/quote]Oh come on, they might take a tumble whilst emptying their bed pans down the nearest drain......... Oyy you
  • Score: -1

10:48am Wed 5 Mar 14

Archiebold the 1st says...

THEWlZZARD wrote:
Nothing to do with the Ukraine, we're talkiing about York. We pay council tax and expect a service to be provided. With this council its an expectation too far.
Lighten up there are far bigger issues then a street light being out! And if they all know it is out and it has been for ages and it is indeed dangerous why aren’t they taking a torch with them! It’s not as if it’s unknown. Some things have a bigger priority it’s a fact of life! Now if someone was to fall and need hospital assistance (which would result in a claim) I’m sure it would be done the next day.
[quote][p][bold]THEWlZZARD[/bold] wrote: Nothing to do with the Ukraine, we're talkiing about York. We pay council tax and expect a service to be provided. With this council its an expectation too far.[/p][/quote]Lighten up there are far bigger issues then a street light being out! And if they all know it is out and it has been for ages and it is indeed dangerous why aren’t they taking a torch with them! It’s not as if it’s unknown. Some things have a bigger priority it’s a fact of life! Now if someone was to fall and need hospital assistance (which would result in a claim) I’m sure it would be done the next day. Archiebold the 1st
  • Score: 8

10:51am Wed 5 Mar 14

Oyy you says...

Archiebold the 1st wrote:
THEWlZZARD wrote:
Nothing to do with the Ukraine, we're talkiing about York. We pay council tax and expect a service to be provided. With this council its an expectation too far.
Lighten up there are far bigger issues then a street light being out! And if they all know it is out and it has been for ages and it is indeed dangerous why aren’t they taking a torch with them! It’s not as if it’s unknown. Some things have a bigger priority it’s a fact of life! Now if someone was to fall and need hospital assistance (which would result in a claim) I’m sure it would be done the next day.
Haha, think that's the problem, it won't lighten up.......
[quote][p][bold]Archiebold the 1st[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]THEWlZZARD[/bold] wrote: Nothing to do with the Ukraine, we're talkiing about York. We pay council tax and expect a service to be provided. With this council its an expectation too far.[/p][/quote]Lighten up there are far bigger issues then a street light being out! And if they all know it is out and it has been for ages and it is indeed dangerous why aren’t they taking a torch with them! It’s not as if it’s unknown. Some things have a bigger priority it’s a fact of life! Now if someone was to fall and need hospital assistance (which would result in a claim) I’m sure it would be done the next day.[/p][/quote]Haha, think that's the problem, it won't lighten up....... Oyy you
  • Score: 8

5:01am Thu 6 Mar 14

Magicman! says...

what, no picture take from ground level looking up at somebody with crossed arms under the shadow of the lamp post in question??
what, no picture take from ground level looking up at somebody with crossed arms under the shadow of the lamp post in question?? Magicman!
  • Score: 1

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