Fringe Box



Letter: Chronically Dud Streetlamp Still Manages to Shine a Light

Published on: 18 Mar, 2021
Updated on: 17 Mar, 2021

Langley Close Street Light

From: Mandy Millyard

Trying to get a street lamp repaired in Langley Close is proving to be an illuminating experience. I had no idea so many sloping shoulders and so much red tape existed.

I have been fighting to get the lamp fixed for seven years.  I enlisted the help of former councillor Caroline Reeves, who did her best to get it repaired – but found herself in a similar situation to me, ie banging her head against a brick wall.  Last September we even got as far as a date, and time, for it to be fixed, but it never happened.

The main problem is that neither the nearby housing association “Home Group”, or Surrey County Council, will take responsibility for it.

There is a number 4 on it. Many years ago, this had the SCC logo on it too – this has now gone. It’s in an area that should be well lit at night time; there are steps and a ramp which are now left in darkness.

Aerial view showing location of Langley Close. Google Maps

I have had experience of walking through the close in the dark and, on occasions, I have discovered individual people or small groups there who have shouted at me. It’s unnerving. I have also slipped over on a plastic bottle on the ramp, that couldn’t be seen.  And this is just my experience.

With women’s fear and safety being brought to the forefront of our thinking at present, after the very sad case of Sarah Everard’s murder, it’s imperative that this lamp be fixed with immediate effect.

These constant excuses over the years are ridiculous and unacceptable.  Surely there’s detail on Land Registry as to who owns this land, and who should therefore be making it safely lit?

We also need the street lighting in Josephs Road to remain on after 1am from now on. I’m not sure what the thinking was behind this initiative, but I know that it makes people fearful when out after that time. With pubs and clubs due to open in the near future, we need to feel safe when walking home.

Share This Post

Responses to Letter: Chronically Dud Streetlamp Still Manages to Shine a Light

  1. Angela Goodwin Reply

    March 18, 2021 at 2:56 pm

    This street lamp is situated between 19 and 20 Langley Close. It is neither owned nor managed by Surrey County Councilor / Guildford Borough Council.

    It falls under the responsibility of Homegroup and their repairs team are currently working with Mandy to get the street lamp working again.

    Angela Goodwin is a Lib Dem borough councillor for Friary & St Nicolas

Leave a Comment

Please see our comments policy. All comments are moderated and may take time to appear.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *