New pledge to repair Paignton seafront lights

Cllr Barbara Lewis on Paignton seafront

Cllr Barbara Lewis on Paignton seafront - Credit: Barbara Lewis

The lights on Paignton seafront are still not fixed two months after councillors were told the work would be done in 'the coming weeks'.

Paignton councillor Barbara Lewis raised the issue for a second time with a question to the leadership of Torbay Council.

She asked for a new timescale after being told at the start of December the repairs would be 'progressed over the coming weeks'.

Torbay Council cabinet member Mike Morey said the work had been ordered but the contractor had problems due to staff sickness and workload. Since then the country had gone into a third national lockdown.

He added in a written answer to Cllr Lewis, published at a meeting of the full council on Thursday, February 4: “Although these delays have been unfortunate I can report that our contractor has this week completed the re-stringing of these illuminations with new wires.

“Also, the majority of these lights are now working and over the coming weeks we will focus on the blocks that are not illuminated.

The final phase of the work will be to address individual lamps that are not working.”

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