Sinn Féin Councillor Christopher Jackson has said the refusal by the Minister for the Department of Regional Development Danny Kennedy to repair street lights is putting the lives of motorists and pedestrians at risk.
“It is now been revealed that over 17,000 street lights remain out of order. This is unacceptable. The minister’s stubborn refusal to put the safety of road users and pedestrians first could end in tragedy.
“Poor or inadequate street lighting also increases the fear and vulnerability of the elderly and infirm.
“Danny Kennedy’s inaction on this issue is putting lives at risk.
“The minister is clearly at fault on this life and death issue as he made no initial provision to deal with street lighting in his annual budget.
“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.”