Lights out in Drumsurn

Sinn Fein Colr. Brenda Chivers.  (DERR1111SJ10)
Sinn Fein Colr. Brenda Chivers. (DERR1111SJ10)

Dozens of homes in Drumsurn outside Limavady were left in the dark twice in as many days over the weekend, writes Sheena Jackson.

Limavady Sinn Fein Councillor Brenda Chivers said the street lights at Beech Road and Rushie Park went out on Saturday night. After calling local Roads Service about the matter, Colr Chivers said the lights were back on that night.

However, when the lights went out on Sunday evening, she was told the matter couldn’t be attended to until yesterday.

Colr. Chivers said the lights did come back on later on Sunday and that she believed there must have been an electrical fault with the system. What concerned her, she said, was that DRD wouldn’t be able to attend to the matter until Monday.

“There were roughly 50 homes impacted,” said Colr Chivers.

“Some of those concerned have been victims of crime while others are elderly and were scared. I think it’s ridiculous DRD were able to come out on Saturday yet they couldn’t come on Sunday.”

A DRD spokesperson said because the Department faces a significant budget shortfall “it has been necessary to suspend the use of external contractors for the repair of street lights that fail, unless they pose an electrical hazard to the public”.

“It is not the case that no street lighting repairs will be carried out. The Department will continue to prioritise all reported faults,” added the spokesperson.