You are not paying the bill

A CARRICK councillor has been told that street lighting in Girvan which had been left on constantly is not costing taxpayers extra money.

Councillor Alec Oattes had written to South Ayrshire Council officials after complaints were made about street lighting being on constantly in the Victory Park area of Girvan.

Previous to that Girvan residents had complained about street lighting being on constantly in The Avenue and in the waterfront area.

One Girvan resident, who did not wish to be named, said that she resented paying council tax if the council were going to waste money by using electricity unnecessarily.

However, writing to Mr Oattes, one South Ayrshire Council supervisory engineer said: "I believe you made a report of lights burning 24 hours in Piedmont Road, Roxburgh Road and Southpark Avenue in Girvan.

"As you will be aware, these lights were installed in 2009 and since installation we have had a few problems with the electronic control components installed in each individual lantern.

"This problem has manifested itself as some lights not coming on at night, but working perfectly when tested.

"The lights have been switched to burn all day for the time being to try to identify any faulty units, and we are working with the manufacturer of the control gear to try to sort out this problem as soon as possible.

"Please be assured that as all street lighting is connected to un-metered supplies, we are not running up an unnecessary electricity bill as a result of this process."