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How many council workmen does it take to change a lightbulb? Er..12; NOT TO MENTION SIX LONG WEEKS.

Byline: MATT ROPER

AFTER the efforts of 12 council workers, a team of gardeners, one policeman and a cherry picker, a dark street has finally seen the light.

The saga began on August 15 when Jack Doran emailed the council to say the lamppost outside his home had gone dark.

A few days later a team arrived, had a look, scratched their heads and went away. To be followed by another and another...

All the while Jack, 74, of Prestbury Road, Cheltenham, Glos, looked out into the darkness.

"It just seemed a bit odd that they kept coming and going like that," he said.

"I'd see somebody arrive, then leave again without it being fixed. There were at least 12 visits in all and I started to wonder what on earth had gone wrong."

First, workers were thwarted by a hedge which had to be cut back by the parks department, then the cherry picker was sent out and rolled away again when water was found leaking into the light.

Meanwhile, a policeman visited to check if the dark created a security risk, by which time the council remembered the lamp was part of an energy monitoring project and had to be fitted with a special bulb.

Finally, the bulb was screwed in - and promptly blew because of a faulty fuse.

Then on September 30 - six weeks after the first report - Gloucestershire County Council could say: Let there be light.

Ken Pitt, the street lighting team manager, said: "This repair has taken longer than usual. However, it wasn't straightforward and needed several visits."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 21, 2011
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