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Residents left in the dark for a year

By The Citizen  |  Posted: December 04, 2012

CONCERNED:  Sarah Churchill.

CONCERNED: Sarah Churchill.

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KINGSWAY residents say they have been left in the dark for weeks by faulty street lights.

Mum Sarah Churchill, 28, is pleading with housing developers to turn on the lights outside her Northwood Drive home so she can see where she is going.

"We are literally being kept in the dark like mushrooms," said Sarah

"The nights are drawing in early now and we almost have to rely on people's Christmas decorations for any source of light."

She fears a young child may fall into a 30ft-long flood drain, which is up to six feet deep and filled with water and runs through residents' gardens.

"We are all professionals with young families and this is an accident waiting to happen," the former accountant added.

The mum, who has a two-year-old son Alfie, says other residents share her concerns about the lack of lighting. The roads on the Kingsway estate are still managed by Persimmon Homes and have not yet been handed over to the control of the local authority.

Sarah said she has lived at her property for over a year and the problem was there when she first moved in.

Now Gloucestershire county councillor Jackie Hall (C, Quedgeley) has waded into the debate and asked for the lights to be put back on.

She said: "The residents have been concerned for some time now about the street lighting at this stretch."

Persimmon Homes are now tasked with solving the problem.

Scott Tompkins, network manager at the council, said: "Persimmon's will be carrying out a night-time audit this week and then ordering the required repairs."

The work is expected to take at least a week.

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