I am afraid that i agree 100% with oldtimer, the amount of tax paid and that of the uk whats in a few bulbs, the rubbish is cleared everyday where we are in bulgaria, the uk can be every 14 days, it is not a rich country.
You're talking from the West Midlands and a Bulgarian coastal resort point of view where I am sure both, are well illuminated. Out in the sticks, things are a bit different where street lighting can exist one lamp every couple of hundred metres or, the Mayor sets the timing of when they shine and when they don't and these settings are usually out of synchronisation with what the villagers actually require.
Immaterial of how much or how little taxes we pay is NOT the point. The point is that we are entitled to our street lighting where it exists and for me, it is was big plus having my street lamp working. Whilst the Mayor of our Municipal region drives around in some big black car, lives in a fancy house and has more deals than a Las Vegas Casino, I just feel it my place to rock his boat somewhat about a few non working street lamps in our village. As I said in an earlier post, all of his town street lights WORK and do they pay any more or much more in taxes that we do!
Some folk are just not happy being kept in the dark, the locals tend to let their dogs run during the night plus walking down a mud track during a starless, moonless night with a torch is not as cracked up as you might think. Anyway, I am glad to say that my street light is back working again and is a big bonus. As it is on the North side of my property and shielded somewhat by the old house, it gives light where it is needed on the road leading to my out on the limb house and doesn't disturb my vision of the beautiful starlit nights.
I shall now 'temporarily' disconnect my infra-red detector 600 watt lamp that has a mind of its own, burns most of the night whether things move or don't move and is adding to my ever increasing electricity bill.
I don't see this as moaning or is it stressful in anyway, but it is like living in the wilds and seeing a car go past, it gets exciting. I had got used to having my street lamp after waiting for so long for the authorities to install it and then, after some tosspot stole the supply cables, just how many weeks/months it would take to get it back. Plus, the few oldtimers that do live closest to me really appreciate having their street lighting too. A few of them were out following EVN yesterday whilst they reconnected them. You see, better than Coronation Street it is.
Ps. Rubbish collected everyday!! You're SPOILT.