AT a time when councils are switching off street lights to save cash, it appears one may have been on constantly – for up to a decade.
For as long as most people can remember street light number 23 in The Homestead, Wrexham, has never been switched off.
It may have been shining bright for the best part of the decade – night and day.
Resident Roger Bennett said: “It’s been on for years – at least five. It’s probably longer than that, but we’ve all forgotten.
“Obviously, they all come on at night, but there’s something about that one. It never goes out. It’s a bit of a standing joke. On the serious side, it’s a waste of money isn’t it?
“At a time when people are supposed to be saving money and all these cuts are being made, it doesn’t make sense. People have reported it so many times over the years but nothing was done, and now nobody bothers.”
One 18 year-old who has lived in the street since she was seven said she could not remember it ever being off.
John Bradbury, Chief Environment Services Officer, said: “We have had two reports of a problem with this light, the first in 2003 and the last in 2005. On both occasions the light was repaired within 24 hours.”