RESIDENTS' ANGER AT Pounds 600 BILL FOR LIGHTS ; Cash-Strapped Council Refuses to Pay out for lamppostsLights 'Not Our Responsibility' - Council

By Tyler, Jane | Birmingham Evening Mail (England), December 23, 2013 | Go to article overview

RESIDENTS' ANGER AT Pounds 600 BILL FOR LIGHTS ; Cash-Strapped Council Refuses to Pay out for lamppostsLights 'Not Our Responsibility' - Council


Tyler, Jane, Birmingham Evening Mail (England)


TURN TOPAGE6 be carried out for several months, said he was amazed at the costs quoted.

The 65-year-old, a retired maintenance engineer, said: "I reckon the problem is the light sensor which means the lampposts don't switch themselves on and off when it gets dark.

"It's a simple thing to fix - it would cost about Pounds 10 and a man with a ladder.

"I don't know where the council got a figure of Pounds 200 from.

FROM PAGE ONE At night it is pitch black out there and residents have to use torches to see where they are going.

"It's ridiculous. We all pay council tax - and that includes street lighting."

Mr Fellows has already won an apology from the council for the "poor service" he received as he tried to report the faults.

Bartley Green Tory councillor John Lines said that, because the lights were on private land, they were not the responsibility of the council's contractor, Amey.

And he said there was not enough cash in the area's Community Chest kitty - handed to all wards to support local improvement projects - to pay for the work after funding was halved.

Coun Lines said: "Who is going to pay? The only thing we can do is ask the residents who use the lock-up garages - but we can't expect them to pay to fix faulty streetlamps when they already pay via their council tax. …

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