Four month delay fixing broken street lamps on Peckham Rye Common

Katherine Johnston (11 April, 2019) Environment

'I walk my dog very early in the morning and late at night and feel very anxious about how dark it makes the pathway'

28982Peckham Rye Common Credit: google street view

Street lamps on Peckham Rye Common have been out of action for four months leaving walkers fearing for their safety.

Lynne McKeon contacted Southwark Council in December to report three broken lights on the pathway through the park, and was told the bulbs would be replaced in around ten days’ time.

But by early April the lamps still had not been fixed despite her repeated complaints.

“I walk my dog very early in the morning and late at night and feel very anxious about how dark it makes the pathway with these street lights not working,” Lynn told the News.

“Surely with crime statistics they should be making something as simple as lighting a priority, a few bulbs are hardly going to break the bank.”

Southwark Council’s cabinet member for culture, leisure, equalities and communities said the issue was due to a damaged UK Power Network mains.

Councillor Rebecca Lury told the News: “In an effort to resolve the matter as quickly as possible, we are currently working to install a new power supply within the park ourselves, so that we can run new cabling to the affected lights.

“I apologise that this was not communicated to Ms McKeon, but we are working to resolve the problem as fast as we can.”

According to data from the Met, there were 35 recorded robberies in the Peckham Rye area between January 2019 and February of this year.

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