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Tuesday 23 October 2018

Ardcath residents left in the dark as lamps stay unlit

Residents of a housing estate in Ardcath are calling for the ESB or Meath County Council to switch on their street lights which have been connected, but left off, for almost a year.The street in front of five new homes in the Church View council development in the village has been left in darkness, even though the authorities have been informed on many occasions of their situ

By Alison Murphy

Residents of a housing estate in Ardcath are calling for the ESB or Meath County Council to switch on their street lights which have been connected, but left off, for almost a year.

The street in front of five new homes in the Church View council development in the village has been left in darkness, even though the authorities have been informed on many occasions of their situation.

Mairead Lynch says no-one will accept responsibility for the lights not working, and it is proving dangerous for residents and their children.

‘Meath County Council is blaming the ESB, and they are saying it is the council’s problem, and all we know is they have been sitting there since we moved in last May, and no-one will switch them on.

‘One of the neighbours is pregnant and is nervous of walking along the pavement at night, and we’re afraid to let some of the teenagers out in the summer, not to mention the younger ones on a winter afternoon.

‘It’s not too much to ask someone to get this sorted out,’ Mairead says.

One of the residents tells how she has to get a torch out to leave her children’s babysitter home, and another Church View resident Kate Duff has been in touch with numerous councillors to try and have the problem rectified.

‘Fair play to Cllr Jimmy Cudden, who has done his best to find out who is causing the delay,’ Kate said.

‘Apparently someone needs to provide a MPRN number, which seems to be a ‘secret code’ to get our lights on.

‘At the moment, everyone is blaming the other side, and we are left in the middle not knowing who to believe.’

FG TD Shane McEntee says he can confirm that, as a result of our phone-call, Meath County Council are now in negotiations with ESB to resolve the impasse, and it has been marked ‘a priority’.

A spokesman for ESB told the Drogheda Independent:

‘ESB is aware of the situation regarding the connection of additional public lighting at the Ardcath estate in Co Meath.

‘ESB has a good working relationship with the local authority in the area and is actively working with them to resolve this situation as quickly as possible.



‘Providing the relevant preparatory work has been completed to the regulation standard ESB will prioritise the provision of the additional lighting’.

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