Disappointment over delays in installation of Aberdeen street lights

Councillor Stephen Flynn on Cove Road near the junction with Charleston Road where there is a large section of the road with no street lights.

A councillor has said he is disappointed over delays in the installation of “much-needed” street lights.

Stephen Flynn, who represents the Kincorth, Nigg and Cove area, has raised the issue of lights which are due to be installed on Cove Road.

Constituents who live in the area have complained about the lack of lighting on the stretch of road.

About a dozen lights are due to be added to Cove Road by the end of January after several years of campaigning by locals.

Cllr Flynn said: “The constituents are not happy as it was them who raised it with local councillors prior to the budget last year.

“My constituents in Cove have been arguing for these lights to be put in place for years and were delighted with their inclusion in the council budget last February.

“However, the fact that it will be almost a year before they are actually installed is really disappointing – action should have been taken much earlier in the year, long before winter set in.

“Given the regrettable delays to date I will be keeping a close eye on the progress of this work as the community does not deserve further delays.”

During the budget meeting in February, about £50k had been allocated for the lights from the Safer Streets Capital grant.

An Aberdeen City Council spokesman said: “This work is still programmed for this financial year and will be carried out in conjunction with the replacement of corroded columns and LED replacements throughout the city.

“The work will completed before the end of March 2018.”

Michele McPartlin, chairwoman of Cove and Altens Community Council, said: “This has been an ongoing issue for several years and I’m thankful to see that it’s finally in the council budget this year.

“I’m always happy to see work being done in the area to help those who are trying to get to work and to school.”