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Street light failure leaves Milverton residents in the dark
PEOPLE in Milverton have been left in the dark after a street light failure.
Lights have been out in Fore Street – the main road through the village – for over two weeks, leaving residents to negotiate dark streets and potential hazards on the footpath.
Gwilym Wren, clerk of Milverton Parish Council, said: “It is pitch black; it’s lovely if you like stars.
"Some people in the village are quite happy having no lights but if you are walking around after 8pm it is very dark and dangerous, especially for some of the elderly population.
“It is right in the core of the village. If you want to go to the shop or the pub you have to walk down a dark street, and like any other village we have a proportion of elderly people living here.”
The street lights have been broken since August 24 and the council had been trying to raise the problem with County Hall.
But Mr Wren claims his efforts to contact the right department over the following days were to no avail.
He said: “The service from the county council has been abysmal. I could not get through to the answering machine and people in the lighting department couldn’t seem to do anything to help.
“I got through to the office on August 27 and was assured something would be done. I called again on September 3 and was told the guy in charge was on leave. I finally got a message back on September 6.
“The disappointing thing is I’ve never had this problem before. If it’s happened in the past I’ve managed to get through to them and it has been sorted within a day or two, but this has been the best part of a fortnight.”
A spokesman for Somerset County Council said they are aware of the problem and it has been raised with Western Power, who will repair the cable fault.
He added: “We would urge anyone who wants to report a faulty street light to call our fault line on 0845 6010939.
“This is manned during office hours and a voicemail can be left at other times.
"We are not aware of any problems with the line during the times stated but apologise if the parish council had difficulties getting through.”
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