CONCERNS have been raised about street lighting by Traditional Unionist Voice councillor Timothy Gaston.
In a statement to Ballymena Daily the Bannside representative said: “While politicians are patting themselves on the back for getting back to work at Stormont on the basis of a deal which will see millions squandered on Irish, ordinary people continue to be alarmed at the state of basic services which they have a right to expect to be up to scratch.
“One of the most important is street lighting. It is a vital service in our towns and villages and yet elected representatives are constantly making complaints about lights not working with many problems going unaddressed for weeks if not longer.
“It is my understanding that the Department of Infrastructure’s budget is so stretched it cannot afford to pay contractors to address the issue and that Northern Division has only one in house man tasked with dealing with an area stretching from Newtownabbey to Coleraine.
“This is an unsustainable situation and one which needs addressed urgently.
“I have ensured that this issue is being raised at Stormont where Jim Allister has submitted the following questions to the Minister:
‘To ask the Minister for Infrastructure how many people are employed in Northern Division to fix street lighting.
‘To ask the Minister for Infrastructure how many street lights are out in Northern Division and the average time taken to fix a street light once a fault has been reported.
‘To ask the Minister for Infrastructure how much money has been spent on contractors to address the problem of faulty street lighting in Northern Division in each of the last 12 months.’.”
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