LETTER: Street lights blazing 24/7

After a long time waiting in vain to see if a council official would spot a blindingly obvious problem, in July I finally reported a fault on the East Sussex Fix My Street website that lots of street lights were on during the day on the pedestrianised section of Terminus Road, even in bright sunshine. A response was posted that ‘The report had been logged and the Street Lighting Team would attend in 10 days.’

Roll on five months and the lights are still on. So I reposted the fault and asked why had they not been fixed? The response was, er, you’ve guessed it, ‘The report had been logged and the Street Lighting Team will attend in 10 days’!

What is the point of a website facility like Fix My Street if nothing is done to follow through on faults reported? Meanwhile Eastbourne Borough Council clearly have money to burn. And don’t get me started on the electronic bus stop timetable boards which have been ‘under test’ for about four months.

I have also complained about several piles of abandoned red plastic road works barriers and sandbags on Pevensey Bay Road, the uncollected detritus from the replacement of lamp posts undertaken by East Sussex Highways several months previously. The mess should have been removed when the work was finished. More than three weeks after my complaint the items are still there. Asking our local authorities to get problems fixed is like trying to get a kid to the dentist to have their teeth pulled. I am also puzzled why problems that are patently evident for months on end don’t seem to get spotted by highways officials or council street inspectors. Where is the pride and value for the council tax payer?

Mike Grant

Caroline Way

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