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Street lights blackout concern for Pontardawe residents

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: April 20, 2014

Street lights blackout concern for residents
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HOMES in a Pontardawe Street have been left without street lighting for almost two weeks — and face having to wait until after the Easter weekend before repair work is likely to begin.

Part of Heol y Llwynau has been affected by the problem, and residents say this is the second time the issue has arisen, following a similar black-out almost four weeks ago.

Resident Judith Jones said: "It is just not acceptable.

"It has been two weeks now, and even though the nights are longer now, it is pitch black by the time I get home.

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"I work shifts and get home late at night sometimes, and my husband has to leave lights on so I can see where I am going.

"There are a lot of elderly and vulnerable people living on the street, which is a cul-de-sac, and they must be affected by it.

"The same thing happened about four weeks ago.

"We complained and someone came to repair them, so for it to happen again is very frustrating."

Trebanos councillor Rebecca Lewis said she had contacted the power company.

She added: "There are elderly people living on Heol y Llwynau and residents have called me because they are concerned about the effect of the lack of street lights.

"It can be intimidating if you are outside but you can't see anything because there is no light.

"Residents are very concerned, and it is just unacceptable, particularly coming over the Easter weekend. I contacted the power company, but they told me that no- one would be available to come and see to it until Tuesday at the earliest."

The black-out comes as Neath Port Talbot continues with a scheme to improve street lighting across the county.

The authority is replacing its current aged lighting stock at a cost of £16 million over a five-year period.

The first phase, which included the renewal of 4,000 wood pole brackets, was completed at the end of last year, followed by the renewal of concrete lighting columns and cabling issues.

Phase three is the replacement of older steel, case iron, fibreglass and other columns. No-one from the power company was available to comment.

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