Fish bar owner: 'We're being left in dark over street lighting'
A TORQUAY business owner has complained after being left in the dark following on-going issues with street lighting along the harbour.
Norma Hannah, of Hannah's Fish Bar in Victoria Parade, has already contacted the council to sort out the lighting issues along the seafront but has not been able to get to the bottom of the problem.
She said: "First of all they were on all day long. Then they turned them off during the day and put them on at 8.15pm after it's already gone dark. The one near my shop still isn't on.
"It did come on for a week, and then went off again.
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"I phoned the council, and the man said he knew what I was going to say even before I had."
The issues with lighting along the harbour have thrown up a number of questions over the safety of members of the public.
Mrs Hannah said she had seen a number of cars driving with their full beam on so as not to hit any pedestrians crossing the road.
She added: "Sometimes we have stood at the take away counter with our hearts in our mouths watching as people tried to cross the road in the dark.
"You could get mugged and the CCTV wouldn't even show it up.
"I do think there should be so many more street lights around the harbour."
A Torbay Council spokesman said: "There has been a recent issue with the lights on the harbourside and on investigation it would appear that they are coming on at 8.30pm each evening — two hours later than they should be.
"We are working with our contractors to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.
"In the long term we are hoping to upgrade the system which is now around eight years old and this would prevent any problems from occurring in the future."
Mrs Hannah added: "I think there is a serious issue. Winter is upon us. It's not light summer nights anymore."