Since our the mains electricity cable was stolen from my road which was repaired by EVN within 8 hours, my street lamp and the neighbouring two have NOT worked. As I have said in previous posts, my house is right out on a limb and the street lamp is very much appreciated.
Our Mayoress seems to get things done and when I told her that I (and others) did not have their street lights working she said she knew and had reported it. This was over 6 weeks ago at a rough guess.
I put the blame on our Electricity supplier and in usual Moscow fashion let rip at EVN HQ in Plovdiv who surprisingly enough, did reply and said they would investigate the problem. A week later, EVN contacted me again and informed me that it was NOT their responsibility as they only reacted to requests from the local Municipality or words to that effect.
With the recently completed Census our Mayoress was too busy, but now it is time for me to go and ask her to whom she reports incidents of non-working street lamps in Karnobat so that I can go down there and let rip again.
Now, I know this is not Western Europe and that I only pay extremely small taxes for such services as street lighting and wheelie bins etc. (what else did the Romans ever do for us etc.) however, I bet the Mayor of Karnobat has all his street lights working and as far as I can understand, street lighting is something that I am entitled too. Now, I had to wait over 6 months to get a street lamp when I first arrived at this location as the house and not been lived in for many years and I do not intend, if I can help it, to wait another 6 months for some bureaucrat to sign off the order for EVN to reconnect 3-4 street lamps in our street.
I suppose if someone tripped and broke a bone out there on my mud track in the dark then, the authorities would turn a blind eye to any claims. Unfortunately, as I have found with EVN that if you don't rock the boat now and again, you get left behind in this country, but before dishing out the hard time, it is very useful to know what you're entitled too, if anything in this wonderful county.
Off to Soap Box now.
Ps. to answer Mazabull's question. Since my street lamp was brand new when installed last year, it is a photosensitive one; just like my solar lighting, it comes on at dusk and goes off at sunrise. Well, it does when it is working.