Residents take a dim view of new street lighting

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A READER in the Mearns Drive/Kennedy Avenue area has contacted the Review about street lighting.

She said: “The lights in Mearns Drive and Kennedy Avenue, Montrose, have been renewed. The majority have been re-positioned and light heads updated. This process has placed residents at significant risk.

“The old lighting was removed in March. During the weeks to follow the street(s) were virtually plunged into darkness, with residents having to negotiate temporary boards covering dug up ‘trenches’ in the pavements leading to their houses.”

The issue continued for days, impacting upon residents’ safety entering and leaving the street area when in the dark. Despite some progress, the lighting was not fully installed and residents had to endure further delay due to Easter. After the two-week break no one from Tayside Contracts returned to complete the job.

She continued: “My husband contacted Tayside Contracts and Angus Council with his concerns towards the end of March. He finally received a response on April 26, from Tayside Contracts explained that the job could not be completed due to not having enough of the new lighting to do so.

“The replacement lighting has been completed today. The street remains virtually in darkness with the lighting heads having little or no light projection. This is another case of spending money for no reason; as the end result has concluded with the potential risk to the safety of residents and their properties during the hours of darkness.

A council spokeswoman said: “We have apologised to the resident for the time taken to carry out this work and can confirm that the lighting in these streets meets acceptable lighting standards. We would be happy to discuss this further with the resident, should they wish, and would ask them to contact the council’s ACCESSLine on 08452 777 778.”