Frustrated by wait for street lights

THE residents of Kiata Parade, Tweed Heads, have had enough.

After three years of letter writing, phone calls and ardent campaigning, they want to know how much more it will take before they get the extra street lighting they were promised by Tweed Shire Council.

In August 2008 the residents contacted the Tweed Daily News saying they had already been fighting for two years for increased lighting in their Tweed Heads street.

With a number of seniors and widows living at one end of the street that backs onto a park, the residents say they feel unsafe at night.

Last October, council announced that two extra street lights would be installed by the end of the financial year.

Yesterday - the last day of the financial year - frustrated resident Maurice Brown wanted to know why that still had not happened.

Once again, he said, the community's pleas had fallen on deaf ears.

“Council said we were supposed to have them by today,” Mr Brown said. “But we were told by Country Energy that it will probably be September. All we want to know is when.”

Mr Brown and others in the street have been writing letters on the issue to Council and members of Parliament since 2006.

“We are all pensioners on this side (of the street) and women on the other,” he said. “We are afraid to go out at night. I can't even see my driveway.”

A Council spokeswoman yesterday said the lights were expected to be installed within the next two weeks, but that it was not guaranteed.

“I spoke to our road safety officer and he's saying those two lights should go in in the next few weeks,” she said.

The spokeswoman said she wasn't aware of any specific delay.

“We have to liaise with Country Energy,” she said. “Today is the end of the financial year, so it's not too far behind.

“They will be installed between houses 59 and 61, and 71 and 73.”

A Country Energy spokesman said he was looking into the matter.

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