You may recall at the start of April, with the assistance of Blantyre Telegraph readers, we compiled a huge list of 65 broken and faulty street lights in Blantyre. Acting on the concerns of residents in Blantyre, we immediately sent the list off to our local councillors Bert Thomson and Mo Razzaq along with a strongly worded letter outlining our collective concerns. The councillors acted promptly and took the issue up with South Lanarkshire Lighting Department.
Well, today, just over a fortnight on, Blantyre Telegraph received some good news and pleased to report confirmation from the head of Roads & Transportation at SLC that all the lights noted on that list are now fixed!
The written confirmation is as follows, “Thank you for your email dated 6th April regarding lighting faults in Blantyre. Further to the correspondence which you received from Blantyre Telegraph (Mr. Paul Veverka), I can advise you that repairs commenced in this area on 13th April and are programmed for completion on 18th April. The faulty units will be repaired or replaced with new L.E.D. luminaires and a survey will be carried out upon completion to ensure that all repairs have been effective. You may also recall that the Council’s night scouting service ceased in April 2012 as part of our savings for that financial year. We now rely on customers reporting faults to us using the numbers noted below:-
* during office hours; 0303 123 1015
* after office hours; 0800 24 20 24
Alternatively, the following link can be used to access an online fault reporting form:-
I trust that the foregoing is to your satisfaction. Should you require any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact my Lighting Adviser, David Black, on 01698 45 2401.
Regards On behalf of Gordon Mackay, Head of Roads and Transportation Services”
Combined with 66 broken lights reported in October 2015, this now sees a total of 131 lighting faults since October 2015, corrected within 3 weeks of them being reported. Should anybody notice any street lights still out in Blantyre, then the above information should be used to individually report the fault. We would like to thank the councillors for treating the issue with the seriousness it deserved and to the council for acting upon the complaints, outwith of their normal scheduled work.
Meantime, it is hoped that from tonight, Blantyre should certainly be a lot brighter.