Some light at the end of the tunnel?

OUTDOOR lighting at a community facility in Buxton is proving a turn-off with local residents.

Derbyshire County Council has been accused of wasting money over problems with the operating time of lights on the side of the Fairfield Sure Start Centre on Victoria Park Road - which have been burning during daylight hours.

One resident, who did not wish to be named, said: “The lights seem to be on some form of timer that clearly isn’t working properly. One Tuesday night recently, the lights came on at 7.50pm and burnt for about 20 minutes. They came back on at 8.50pm and burnt until 9.45pm.

“On the longest day of the year they came on at 8pm in broad daylight for two hours.

“It’s not a question of how long they are on, but why they are on. The county council is supposed to be a green authority, yet here they are illuminating an empty car park in the daylight, at a time when people are struggling to pay their own electric bills and the council is looking at switching off street lighting.

“We have repeatedly asked them to turn these lights off. It is a shambles, a complete waste of money.”

Derbyshire County Council confirmed there had been issues relating to the light sensor and the timing clock. The timer had been set to coincide with evening events previously, but as it was only a 24-hour clock, the lights also came on when nobody was there.

“We did look at installing a digital timing switch, but there are not going to be any evening activities in the centre from now up until December so that will no longer be an issue,” explained a spokesperson.

“We believe we can set the timer clock accordingly for the lights and move the lighting sensor to a more appropriate place, and this should solve the problem. We will continue to monitor the situation.”

The spokesperson added the installed lights were low energy.