Frank Field MP
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A programme of works to fix Birkenhead's broken street lighting


Last week I wrote to Wirral Council asking for urgent action to repair Birkenhead’s broken street lighting.

A number of residents had written to me to say they had been left in the dark due to the lights on their street being out of action. Their concerns centred on the apparent lack of urgency shown by the council’s Streetscene department to address each fault once it has been reported.

I encountered similar delays once I raised the incidents on residents’ behalf.

One resident, whose street lighting outside their house has not worked since December, had stumbled twice in recent weeks because they could not see where they were walking.

Despite reporting this matter to Streetscene, the lighting remains out of action. Another resident, who relies on street lighting to find their way down the steps to their basement flat, reported three faulty street lights that had left the steps in darkness. Three of her relatives were reassured by Streetscene that this would be seen to, but, again, the lights remain out.

A third resident informed me that their elderly neighbour recently tripped and fell because, in complete darkness, they could not see the dip in the kerb. The fault affecting the lights in this particular street was reported last September. The lights have not been fixed and, as a result, some residents are simply too afraid to go out during the hours of darkness.

Thankfully the Council has now put together a programme of works to address these concerns. It announced on Friday that it is immediately remedying the situation and, by April, it aims to have fixed all broken street lighting.

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