Cwmaman council vow to aid streetlight residents
7:00am Thursday 9th August 2012 in News
CWMAMAN town council has vowed to explore every avenue to assist residents of a Glanaman street.
A delegation of householders from Parc Glanffrwd attended last week’s council meeting, claiming they had been left out on a limb due to their road failing to comply with local authority specifications.
The problem has meant the road remains “unadopted” by the authority, leaving residents – rather than the county council – responsible for the installation and maintenance of street lighting.
“These residents are stuck in a situation not of their own making,” said Cllr Kevin Madge .
“When these properties were built the road was not designed to meet ‘adopted’ standards.”
The residents had asked the towncouncil to consider paying for improvements to street lighting.
However, some councillors felt the community’s taxpayers in other streets were being asked to foot the bill.
“When you bought your properties your solicitors should have checked whether this road was to be adopted, so that when you bought the properties you knew in advance you would not be served by lighting paid for by the public,”
said clerk David Davies.
“That would have affected the price you paid.”
However, the residents claimed they were told their road would be adopted “in a couple of years”.
But that claim was dismissed by Cllr Madge, who said the original development plans “were pushed through against council officers’ recommendations”.
“The feedback I have had over the years is that adoption would not be possible,” he said.
After residents agreed they would contribute to the costs of installing street lights, the council agreed to explore the options available.
Cllr Madge also agreed to consult county council officers.
“I will have another go to see if there is anything they can do,” he said.
“After all, planning rules change over time.”
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