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Street light switched on permanently

PUBLISHED: 09:50 15 January 2010 | UPDATED: 16:18 30 June 2010

A street light which it has been claimed has continually be on day and night for at least six months in Great Yarmouth is about to finally fixed.

The fault to the lighting column at the junction of Beaconsfield Road and Arundel Road was labelled a waste of money by local councillor Michael Castle.

A street light which it has been claimed has continually be on day and night for at least six months in Great Yarmouth is about to finally fixed.

The fault to the lighting column at the junction of Beaconsfield Road and Arundel Road was labelled a waste of money by local councillor Michael Castle.

His comments on the waste of energy and cash came as Norfolk County Council prepares to discuss controversial plans to switch off 27,000 lights between midnight and 5am to save money.

Mr Castle, who represents Yarmouth Borough Council's Central and Northgate ward, said: “Keeping the light on all the time seems to fly in the face of the economies the county council wants to make.

“County Hall could start by making sure that it does not waste money on lights that are faulty.”

The Beaconsfield/Arundel light fault was indentified this week after a local resident complained to Mr Castle that the light had apparently been on continually for the last six months at least.

Mr Castle then lobbied the county councillor for the area Tom Garrod who passed the complaint onto County Hall engineers.

A spokesman for the county council said: “As soon as we were made aware of the problem with the light action was taken immediately and on finding the lantern was faulty, a job was raised to replace the faulty equipment.

“This work is programmed and will be dealt with very shortly.

“We successfully deal with many faults reported to us by the public and always try to provide a prompt and efficient service.”

Norfolk County Council's cabinet is due to discuss switching off 27,000 street lights on January 25 - a proposal which has sparked anger from many residents who fear it could lead to crime, antisocial behaviour and accidents.


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