Special Twitter day to light up street lights

Last updated: 19/12/2012 11:39:12

A dedicated team who look after street lights will find themselves in the limelight as part of a special Twitter event.

Engineers who look after 25,000 street lights across Walsall will tweet a shift from 8am to 2pm on Wednesday December 19.

The team will be out-and-about carrying out work on behalf of Walsall Council as they have done for the past 10-years.

Cllr Tom Ansell, portfolio holder for transport in the Walsall Council coalition, said: “Good street lights make people feel safer and help reduce crime and road accidents. Both have fallen in the last decade in Walsall which is good to see.

“Our street lighting team are some of the unsung heroes of local government who are out in all weathers making sure the street lights work.

“Over the past 10 years we’ve replaced 18,000 street lights which is a tremendous achievement. We think it’s high time we explained a little about what they do which is why we are using Twitter to keep people updated.”

Cllr Ansell said part of the event was to remind people to report problems with street lights via http://tinyurl.com/cew9wvy.

Kevin Grigg, from Amey, said: “Technology has moved on a lot in the last ten years, and we have always tried to ensure that we bring the latest developments in lighting to the borough of Walsall. 

"Now we are using technological developments to show people what a day in the life of our engineers is like – and help them to understand how our service works.”

People can follow on the day from 8am to 2pm direct on Twitter by following @ameyplc or @walsallcouncil or by using the #walsalllighting12 hashtag.