New street lights to be adjusted after complaints

Councillor Glenn Barr.
Councillor Glenn Barr.

Transport NI appears to have seen the light over streetlamps in Seapatrick, Laurencetown and Gilford.

Residents protested the quality of the newly installed LED lights, which have been a source of controversy since their introduction.

Sinn F�in MLA John O'Dowd.

Sinn F�in MLA John O'Dowd.

Ulster Unionist Councillor Glenn Barr said this week he had successfully lobbied Transport NI on behalf of “unhappy” Seapatrick residents.

“I had received a number of complaints that the recently installed eco lights were too dim,” he said. “I have lobbied extensively and recently met with the officer in charge of street lighting.”

According to Mr Barr, lighting levels at Dickson Park, Seapatrick were assessed and, because of positioning and the width of the road, the contractor was instructed to adjust several lights to bring the lighting level up to the desired standard.The same, he said, was true of streetlights at Woodlands, Gilford.

“I hope these adjustments are satisfactory to the local residents,” he said. “Indeed, after they are adjusted, I will be following up to make sure they are up to standard.

“If there are any other areas that residents feel need adjusting please don’t hesitate to contact me on 077 1339 1927 or via Facebook.”

In Laurencetown, meanwhile, some residents protested about the new lights to Sinn Fein MLA John O’Dowd, who this week welcomed confirmation that Transport NI was to upgrade lighting at Church View. He added: “Following representation made to me by residents of Church View in Laurencetown about the quality of lighting in the area I contacted Transport NI. They have agreed the lighting in the area does not meet recognised standards and they will now take action to upgrade it.

“There have been concerns raised by residents in several areas about the quality of the new LED lights. However, we have been successful in many areas in having lighting improved after approaching Transport NI. Anyone with concerns should contact our office on, 028 38349675, and we will make representations on their behalf.”