York pays £1m to install new street lights

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The city of York is spending £1m to replace 1,100 unsafe street lights.

Some light columns were condemned as "structurally unsafe" by inspectors after a safety audit last year.

The damaged lights were removed from the city's streets, leaving some local residents complaining that they had been left in darkness during the winter.

The council said the delay was due to money for repairs having to be found from different parts of the budget.

Labour councillor Daffyd Williams, cabinet member for communities and neighbourhoods, said: "When the inspector says they're unsafe they have to come down straight away.

"They are obviously condemned. They are a danger to the public.

"The problem was the council simply didn't have a budget in place to replace anything like that. They weren't aware there was a problem on that kind of scale."

'It was pandemonium'

One resident living on Cherry Paddock in the Haxby area of the city said his street had been without lights for a number of weeks.

"Inexplicably, the council just took out the street lights which were here and left the whole place in darkness," he said.

"It was pandemonium."

Another resident on the same street said the removal of the lights had left her feeling unsafe.

The council said it expected the work to be completed by late summer.

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