Vandals cause a black out in town alleyway

Great Yarmouth resident Ronald Colman with the old street lights in the alleyway next to his house.

Great Yarmouth resident Ronald Colman with the old street lights in the alleyway next to his house. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

A pensioner says the darkness at night outside his home is like wartime Britain.

Ronald Colman, 83, has waited two years for the council to fix the street lights in an alleyway near his house in South Beach Parade, Great Yarmouth.

Now when it is dark, he avoids the alleyway and has to take a longer route or avoid making the journey.

The alleyway also regularly gets filled with rubbish and has had fly-tipped sofas and washing machines there, according to Mr Colman.

Jackie Tierney, Age Concern Great Yarmouth services manager, said: 'For older people as the nights draw in and the clocks turn back, night-time comes early and last longer. Older people do not venture out much in the evening as they do not feel safe and very vulnerable.

'But with no or insufficient street lighting older people feel more vulnerable and often worried about trips and falls because they cannot see well in the dark.'

In a statement, Great Yarmouth Borough Council said: 'The lighting in this passageway is maintained by GYB Services Ltd, the borough council's operational partner. Where an issue is reported in relation to lighting maintained by GYB, an operative inspects the issue and carries out necessary work.

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'However, since 2014, the four lights in this passageway, including the one in question, have had to be repaired on a total of 11 occasions due to vandalism.

'As a result, the borough council and GYB are reviewing the situation and considering options.'

Tell us if you have street lighting issues, or of areas where it is too dark to venture in the evenings. Email or call 01493 847954.

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