Lights back on after Baildon electricity problem

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Elmfield residents Joan Thompson (left) and Dorothy Holdsworth Elmfield residents Joan Thompson (left) and Dorothy Holdsworth

A three-week blackout which left Baildon roads without streetlights during the festive season ended tonight.

Holden Lane was unlit due to an electricity supply problem, as was the neighbouring close of Elmfield.

Elmfield resident Maggs Barker contacted the Telegraph & Argus on Monday night to say: “We’ve had no street lighting for three weeks either.

“It is very dangerous. Elmfield is very dark, the footpaths very uneven and it is extremely hazardous.”

Friends Dorothy Holdsworth and Joan Thompson live opposite each other and agreed the problem had lasted too long.

“I rang the Council weeks ago, but nothing happened,” said retired school secretary Mrs Holdsworth, 86. “You don’t know who’s hovering about in the dark. It’s not very secure.”

Mrs Thompson, 84, said: “It’s just been miserable.”

Draftsperson Sarah Bland, 37, works from home and had also been concerned about security.

“It’s been pitch black so there has been a fear of burglary over Christmas,” she said.

“I filled out the Council’s on-line form when the lights went out and also rang them the day before Christmas Eve, but nothing got done.”

A spokesman for Northern Powergrid, which maintains electricity supply to streetlights, said it was only contacted by Bradford Council on January 3 – the day the T&A first raised the problem with the authority.

“We have had a team out working on it and the Holden Lane problem should now be solved and hopefully Elmfield too,” a Northern Powergrid spokesman said today.

And indeed, as dusk fell over Baildon, the streetlights came back to life.

When the problem was first raised, the Council said contractors had been out and the problem was the responsibility of the electricity company which the Council had contacted.

Nobody at the Council was available to provide an updated comment today.

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