By Lisa Burgess • 24 February 2020 • 18:51
ACTION PLAN: Streetlight inspection covers need replacing. Photo credit: Benitachell town hall
BENITACHELL on the Costa Blanca intends to remedy the street lighting shortfall on the town’s urbanisations with a plan of action. This has been triggered by robberies of copper wiring and the high cost of upkeep and repairs explained the town hall, which commissioned an engineer to carry out an exhaustive study of the entire town’s lighting. Stolen copper wiring from streetlights caused most of Cumbre del Sol’s problems, the expert found. Replacing the cables, reinforcing, replacing or repairing inspection covers, plus labour costs, will cost €150,000, said urbanisations councillor Mayte Roldan. Wiring was replaced in the Valle del Portet district at the end of last year in the first phase of the “ambitious and definitive” action plan, Roldan pointed out.
“We don’t want to patch things up with stop-gap solutions that don’t function long-term,” she said. Benitachell town hall hopes eventually to review all municipal street lighting, which the councillor admitted was “not the most adequate.”
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