A stretch of lighting close to Tooting Common, along Church Lane and Furzedown Road, has been restored after local people and MP Sadiq Khan complained to the Council and to UK Power Networks (UKPN) about the dangers of leaving this public right of way unlit.
Sadiq Khan, MP for Tooting, said: “Local people were understandably concerned when they noticed that a stretch of public road and footpath running along the common was no longer lit. The long winter evenings meant that commuters using the path were having to return home in the dark”.
“For the safety of all Common users, I urged the Council and UKPN to restore the lighting urgently and I am glad to report that generators have now been installed as a stopgap measure until the full repairs can be made”.
The stretch in question, which is well-used, usually has 28 illuminated lights columns. Maintenance of the columns is the responsibility of UKPN.
Following the intervention of the local MP, all the lamp columns are now working again after temporary generators were installed.
Sadiq said: “I understand that the problem related to a fault on the underground network which is now being replaced. Once the replacement cabling has been laid I am told the lamp columns will be restored to normal network conditions.
“The loss of lighting along that stretch came at a particularly worrying time for the local community. I wrote to the Council at the time asking for more lighting, however the Council declined to install the extra lighting that I requested.
“I will continue to monitor lighting on the Common and continue to encourage the Council to consider additional lighting where residents feel it’s needed.”