"This is a commercial firm that recently made over £123 million in profits. We want them to put people before profit and fix the issues in Arbourthorne" Cllr Sophie Wilson
A two week long power failure impacting streetlights in parts of Arbourthorne is angering local residents and councillors, as calls grow for urgent action from energy supplier Northern Power Grid.
Sheffield City Council’s Street Lighting Team investigated the power outage on 3rd February, and found that there was a fault with the underground electricity network owned and operated by Northern Power Grid.
The power outage has impacted street lighting on Aylward Road, Aylward Close and Northern Avenue in Arbourthorne, with residents saying that they feel ‘nervous’ going out in the dark at night. Arbourthorne has been hit by a spate of anti-social behaviour incidents over the past few months.
Local resident Claire Bridges, who lives on Aylward Close said: ‘It’s been so dark without the streetlights for over two weeks. People already feel nervous going out at night and this makes that fear even worse. We just want Northern Power Grid to sort it out and get the power supply sorted!’
Councillor Sophie Wilson, who inspected the area by head torch said: ‘Residents need to know there’s light at the end of the tunnel. It’s been over two weeks since Northern Power Grid was made aware of this fault and it’s not acceptable that it hasn’t been prioritised and fixed!’
She went on to say: ‘This is a commercial firm that recently made over £123 million in profits. We want them to put people before profit and fix the issues in Arbourthorne. It’s just not acceptable that residents feel scared to walk down the street at night because their streetlights don’t have power. It all goes to show just how much we need to take energy and utility companies back into public ownership’.