RESIDENTS in Bibra Lake say they have been left in the dark for six months by Western Power’s failure to fix street lights.
Locals say lights have failed on Colonial Drive, Needwell Road, Annois Road and Dairy Court.
Bibra Lake Residents’ Association secretary Michelle Barnett said not having lights presented a safety hazard to residents, motorists and pedestrians.
“People are really frustrated. They just want street lights,” she said.
“I think that’s a really realistic expectation in today’s modern world.”
A Western Power spokesman said a team had investigated the incident in mid-May, identifying at least one fault on the underground circuit providing power to the lights.
“Western Power underground cable crews commenced work shortly after but while conducting the repair identified that there were more faults affecting the reliability of the circuit,” he said.
“These extra faults, while only minor, were the cause of the prolonged works that were originally estimated to take eight weeks.” The spokesman said work to repair the underground cable faults was finished.
“As part of the final inspections of the street lights, Western Power identified that there were five street lights that should be replaced to maintain reliable street lighting,” he said.
“Western Power expects the entire project will be completed by the end of August.”
Work was due to wrap by July 15, but was rescheduled because the crew assigned to the job became ill.
Cockburn councillor Phil Eva said there was no excuse for the amount of time taken to fix the issue.
“This is a residential area. It’s not in the middle of the bush. It should have been fixed a long time ago,” he said.
Cockburn’s engineering and works director Charles Sullivan said the City became aware of the issue in May, following up with complaints to the utility in July and August.
“Inadequate street lighting can pose danger to the travelling public and can lead to an increase in antisocial behaviour,” he said.
“The City understands the frustration of residents and will continue to follow up with Western Power in the interest of the community’s safety.”