At this month’s Drogheda Borough Council meeting, Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood raised the issue of the number of street lights that were out of order.
Cllr. Flood said “As I go about my business in Drogheda, be it on the school run or just going to the shops I always note out of order street lights and report them to Airtricity to repair. They have an online street map facility where you can see the exact streetlight that you are reporting and you just click on it. Airtricity are contractually obliged to repair the streetlight within 10 working days and up to now, I had always found them to be quick and efficient in their repairs.
But the reason Cllr Flood was raising the issue at the Council meeting was that he “noticed that street lights I reported as out in January had not been repaired within the usual ten day time frame. I contacted Airtricity directly to query this and was told that there was a nationwide shortage of a particular type of bulb and that they had made Louth County Council aware of this late last year.”
Councillor Flood asked for clarification on this matter at the Council meeting and the Council confirmed to him that they had indeed been briefed along these lines and informed Cllr Flood that Airtricity are actually phasing out this particular type of bulb over the next two years.
Cllr Flood said “This means that Louth County Council will have to go to the expense of replacing certain lamps with newer, more efficient LED Lamps. Both Louth County Council and Airtricity officials have assured me that no light will be left unrepaired and that it should happen in the usual ten day time frame. However, this is a transitional period and unfortunately I have already seen lights being left unrepaired for much longer than the usual time frame. I have followed up on any I have noticed, to have them repaired.”
The Sinn Féin Councillor urged any member of the public who notices a streetlight out and feels it needs attention, “please contact us so we can chase it up with the relevant authorities”.
The website for reporting out of order street lights is: www.airtricitysolutions.com
In conclusion Cllr. Flood said “Public representatives should have been briefed on this when Airtricity contacted the council last year. I don’t know whose bright idea it was to leave us in the dark about this transition but it shouldn’t happen again.”