A WOMAN who has been reporting broken streetlights for a year says she expects to feel safe when walking home at night.

Julie McCallum, from Riddrie in Glasgow’s East End, noticed the two streetlights at a lane off Riddrie Knowes were out in January last year.

The 43-year-old walks through the lane every night after work.

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She said: “At nighttime I don’t feel like it’s very safe to walk because of how dark it is. There are loads of bushes as well.

“You do get a lot of undesirables hanging about sometimes so it’s not a place you want to be walking in the dark. My daughter has to walk home that way as well which is not good.

“Nobody’s ever been out to fix them, I walk that way home from work five nights a week and they’ve never been touched.”

Julie said she has been reporting the fault since January 20 last year – both online and via the phone.

However, Glasgow City Council insists that they have received reports of the lights at Gogar Lane being out and repairs have been undertaken.

The lighting team recorded the lights being fixed on January 26 and November 7 last year, as well as Tuesday.

They recorded reports being made on January 26, November 4 and Monday.

Julie said: “The council don’t care when you phone. I actually know of another person who’s also phoned, and he was saying to them how long it’s been.

“Come next week it will be a full year I’ve been reporting them. I actually phoned the other day and they’re telling me it could be up to 60 days, and I said, ‘well I’ve been reporting this for nearly a year’.

“I go onto the website; I’ve phoned so many times and even phoned the emergency line.

“I don’t know what the council tax payments are getting used for cause it’s certainly not paying for the lighting system. I pay my taxes and expect to be able to walk home safe.”

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A Glasgow City Council spokesperson said: “We have received reports of faults with the lighting along Gogar Lane and have attended on each occasion to undertake repairs.

“If there are further issues then residents should notify us of these and we will respond accordingly.”