Dark forces at work in battle to brighten Cefn Mawr


Iwan Berry

A VILLAGE’S street lighting is casting a dark shadow.

Concerns have been expressed about the safety of some of the street lights and also about the areas of Cefn Mawr which remain poorly lit.

Members of Community Council are calling for a variety of improvements after assessing the quality and quantity of lights illuminating the village.

Councillors said that, although some faulty lights had been repaired, many need completely replacing.

New chairman Cllr Del Williams, a former electrical engineer, said portions of the village, including the stretch from Rhosymedre to Tesco, were “very badly lit”.

He added: “I saw some young lads playing with the protective tape on one of the lights.

“I pulled over and told them to stop and they moved on – but they could have been electrocuted.”

He added some new lights had been left with their old columns next to them – columns which could have been taken and used elsewhere.

Cllr Paul Blackwell said some lights had lost their covers, and this had been remedied by placing tape on the lighting columns.

He said: “With a lot of these  lights, all they have done is put a bit of tape around it.
“It looks a bit unsightly and so the lighting that we would inherit would be a mess.”

Rhona Roberts, clerk to the community council, said the borough council had been meant to respond to the request for updated lighting information by the end of May – but nothing had come through.

The community council says it needs the new information before it can take on a new contract with an electrical supplier.

Cllr Ken Bathers added: “We need a serious talk with them.”

Members resolved to contact the borough council and ask for its updated lighting information again.

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