Wrexham OAP’s fury over loss of street lights due to new store work

Reporter:

Rebecca Cole

A PENSIONER says he fears for his safety after being left in the dark by broken street lighting.

Gerald Jones, 76, is also terrified someone will have a nasty accident because roadworks at the new Morrison’s site have resulted in the loss of overhead lighting on a section of Ruthin Road for nearly two months.

He admitted the problem was not so urgent over the summer while the evenings were lighter but as the nights draw in he feels it will only be a matter of time before someone loses their footing or trips on something in the poor light.

Mr Jones, of Centenary Road, said: “I’m really angry about this.

“There are a lot of other pensioners and parents with buggies who use this road.

“It’s a very busy area, and I can’t help but worry that someone’s going to be injured.

“It was only supposed to be temporary but the lights have been out for about eight weeks now, since the road layout was altered, and something’s got to give.”

Cllr Phil Wynn, of Brynyffynnon ward, is also concerned about the problem and has spoken to the Wrexham Council’s Street Scene team in a bid to tackle the issue.

He said: “This is causing concern among residents and it needs to be resolved quickly.

“We know the works are going to be finished by November but we can’t last that long without lighting.”

The responsibility lies with the site contractors but Wrexham Council has urged them to tackle the problem.

John Bradbury, the council’s head of environment, said: “We are aware of the problems with the street lighting which is due to construction work at the new Morrison’s site.

“We have been in touch with the contractors and they are aware of the need to restore the affected lights as soon as possible or install temporary lighting.

“We will continue to monitor the situation.”

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