Complaints over street light replacement work in Kettering

Balfour Beatty say the works to replace the street lights should be completed within the coming weeks

Balfour Beatty say the works to replace the street lights should be completed within the coming weeks

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Construction group Balfour Beatty says street light work taking place on a busy Kettering road should be completed within the coming weeks after complaints that residents are being forced to walk in the road.

Holes and barriers are blocking the pavement in Hawthorn Road, which is a thoroughfare for many school children in the town.

Resident Alison Purple feels it is a huge health and safety issue.

She said: “The barriers and holes are blocking the pavement and causing people to have to walk into the road to go down the street.

“When my husband rang Balfour Beatty they came and put cable ties around some of the barriers, but really they need to put boards over the holes so that people can walk down the road safely.

“Last week a school bus had to stop in the middle of the road to remove a barrier in order to carry on the route to school.

“This is an ongoing problem which needs to be addressed.”

The works are part of a county-wide street light replacement programme, which began four years ago and has one year until completion.

A Balfour Beatty spokesman said: “The safety of the public is always Balfour Beatty’s prime concern and we have ensured that there is an alternative path available while we are working on Hawthorn Road.

“These are temporary closures, which we have agreed with Northamptonshire County Council, and the pathway should be reopened over the coming weeks.”