Lights Out on Cork's northside with hundreds of streetlights out of action

Lights Out on Cork's northside with hundreds of streetlights out of action
An SSE Airtricity fault logging map shows scores of faults across the northside of the city.

AUTHORITIES responsible for street lighting have been urged to rectify hundreds of outages on the northside of the city.

SSE Airtricity Utility Solutions currently list a large number of faults north of the Lee, compared to the south side which has a small number of outages.

Whole areas have faults logged on the northside including parts of St Anthony’s Road, Blarney Street, Lover’s Walk in Frranferris, Knockpogue Avenue, North Link Road, Cathedral Street, Middle Glanmire Road, North Ring Road, Knockfree Avenue and Riverview Rise.

Councillor Thomas Gould (SF) said the problems have been ongoing for weeks with some related to ESB works that have been completed.

He has warned that the outages could lead to compensation claims being made against the local authority.

“We have areas right across the northside where public lighting has been off for weeks. Upgrades in various areas have been done - the ESB have completed their works but we are worried about the amount of money we are spending each year on claims related to people falling and public liability but we have areas like Boyce’s Street, Barrett’s buildings, where elderly communities live,” he said.

“Also, off Shandon Street and Farranree. We are talking about compensation money, but we are leaving areas pitch black,” he added.

Ken O’Flynn (FF) described the number of lights out in the north of the city as “atrocious”.

“Nobody is taking responsibility. The ESB is saying it has to get the go-ahead from City Hall and Cork City Council is saying the ESB has to give them the go-ahead. Nobody is talking to each other and yet we have residents at serious risk,” he added.

City Hall director of roads and Gerry O'Beirne said the city council is liaising with contractors and has timelines in place for light restoration.

“For the most part, these are rectified quite quickly. The last contract that the city council put in place has very strict timelines and penalties are imposed on the contractor if these are not achieved. There are cases where they can be out for longer periods for various reasons.

“A recent one has occurred on the northside related to the rollout of broadband Gurranabraher Road and we have been talking to the broadband service provider,” he added.

Cork City Council is responsible for the maintenance of approx 14,500 public lights across the city. The maintenance of public lights is currently undertaken by Airtricity Utility Solutions on behalf of the council. Every street light is checked for faults during a fortnightly night-time patrol.

Standard faults are usually repaired within five working days, according to the local authority, but non-standard repairs may take longer.

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