Let there be light is the plea from Limerick councillor

Fine Gael councillor Tom Ruddle

A LIMERICK county councillor has asked the local authority to shed some light on what he considers the “shockingly bad level of service” in fixing public lights.

According to Fine Gael councillor Tom Ruddle it is taking months, if at all, to get street lights fixed. He has now called on Limerick City and County Council to meet with Airtricity with a view to improving the service.

“No lighting leads to anti-social behaviour. People do not feel safe walking around at night. This should be a priority for this Council,” he said at this month’s Newcastle West area meeting.

Senior Executive Engineer of the district’s Roads Services Seamas O’Reilly said that the local authority will review the issue with contractor Enerveo regarding improving their level of service, with a view of expediting repairs.

“Limerick City and County Council acknowledge that there has been a backlog of faults in our public lighting network due to an operational issue which has now been resolved. We are continuing to work with the maintenance contractor to clear out this backlog in an efficient manner while aiming to maintain an appropriate level of service,” Mr O’Reilly explained.

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Cllr Ruddle was also told that as part of the upcoming Regional Public Lighting Energy Efficiency Project (PLEEP) contract, the Council will be looking to change out the existing ageing infrastructure and provide added resilience to the network.