A COUNCILLOR has called on the local authority and Barnsley Hospital to work together to solve lighting issues in his ward.
Coun Phil Lofts, who represents the Old Town ward, has been working with the council’s street lighting team to solve the lighting problem – which is down to a bush blocking the light on West Road.
The street light at the end of West Road, near the access path to Stocks Lane, is vital for the safety of pedestrians who use the path at all hours, Coun Lofts said.
However, the light is obstructed by a large bush that grows on council land.
Barnsley Council’s street lighting team has attempted to access the site several times but have been unable to do so due to parked cars along the road.
Coun Lofts said: “This is a serious issue that affects the well-being of many residents and visitors in the area.
“The street light is essential for preventing accidents and crime on the path, especially during the winter months when it gets dark early.
“I have received numerous complaints from concerned residents who feel unsafe walking on the path at night.
“I understand that many of the parked cars belong to hospital workers and visitors who arrive early and leave late.
“I appreciate their dedication and service, but I also urge them to be considerate of the impact their parking has on our community.
“I also call on the Barnsley Council’s street lighting team to find a way to access the tree/light as soon as possible, and to trim or remove bush that is causing the problem.
“I hope that we can find a quick and effective solution that will restore the light and the safety on West Road.”