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Belco moves to address out of service lights across St George’s island

A series of darkened street lights are creating a safety issue on the roads of St George’s, according to a member of the public.

While the lights in the town itself remain in working order, Cyril Dowling said at least 42 street lights across St George’s island have been dark for a matter of weeks.

“It’s dangerous not only to drivers, but pedestrians,” he said. “These lights have been out for three, three and a half weeks. I have no idea why so many bulbs were allowed to be left like that for such a period of time.

“It’s not in the Town itself, but its straight from Ferry Reach, up around Barrack Hill. That entire area is out.”

Corporation of St George’s Secretary Courtney Trott meanwhile said: “I know there are a few lights out that are in the Corporation’s boundaries and I have passed on that information to Belco.

“We send that sort of information to Belco on a regular basis.”

Responding to the concerns, a Belco spokeswoman said yesterday that the energy company is aware of the problem, and will be moving to fix it.

“The street lights mentioned are on the list for replacement, and Belco has requested parts from Government,” the spokeswoman said. “The lights were part of a Government-initiated pilot LED lighting programme.

“Government owns the majority of Bermuda’s street lights and procures all parts. Belco is contracted by Government to provide labour and vehicles for installation and repair work.”

A spokeswoman for the Department of Public Works said that the Permanent Secretary is consulting with the Ministry’s Electrical Section to determine how to remedy the issue.

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Published January 15, 2013 at 8:00 am (Updated January 14, 2013 at 11:35 pm)

Belco moves to address out of service lights across St George’s island

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