CORK City Council’s public lighting engineer is to visit Midleton after dark, following an invitation to see the problems being faced by residents due to “dim lighting” in the town.
Independent Cllr Noel Collins said that the public lighting installed in Midleton is “too dim” and people can’t see.
He described the lighting as “a disgrace” and expressed concern that the poor lighting could aid burglars.
“Night robbers and prowlers are having a hay day,” Mr Collins said.
Mr Collins said there were three robberies on St Mary’s Road in recent weeks and he questioned if poor lighting was providing a “cover of darkness”.
“People deserve better,” Mr Collins said.
The councillor invited officials to come to Midleton after dark to see how bad the issue really is.
“Come in the dark and bring your flashlamp,” he said.
Director of Services, Roads and Transportation Pádraig Barrett said that there was a project beginning at the end of the year that would see 40,000 lights across the county changed to LED lights.
Mr Barrett assured Mr Collins that the lights would be clearer and brighter and they would be a distinct improvement from the current lighting.
Councillor Marcia D’alton raised questions about the timeline for the LED replacement lighting system, as no definite timeline was provided, apart from a general start date of “later in the year”.
Independent Councillor and Deputy Mayor Mary Linehan Foley said she was having issues getting lights replaced in Cobh and Mr Barrett said he would have a report on the agreement with the service provider Airtricity for the Southern Committee in three months time.