Sinn Féin Councillor Christopher Jackson said the refusal by Development Minister Danny Kennedy’s department to repair street lights is putting lives at risk.
The Waterside Councillor said the ‘debacle’ could end in tragedy for pedestrians and motorists.
He said: “It is now been revealed that over 17,000 street lights remain out of order. This is unacceptable.
“Poor or inadequate street lighting also increases the fear and vulnerability of the elderly and infirm.
“It seems that the Minister’s only plan has been to cross his fingers and hope his Executive colleagues would bail him out.”
“Mr Kennedy needs to tell the public now how he intends to provide safer driving conditions in what is traditionally one of the worst periods of the year for accidents on our roads.”