Residents of Tralee estate threaten to withdraw property tax over public lighting issue

Residents of a Tralee housing estate who’ve been without public lighting for the past two nights, are threatening to withhold their property tax, until the issue is resolved.
Public lighting at Blackrock Estate, near St Brendan’s Church in Tralee, was switched off without warning on Monday night, leaving residents of 38 houses in total darkness outside their homes.
One resident fell into a pothole while another drove into a pillar, due to the lack of visibility.
Secretary of the Residents Association Donal Murphy, says they applied to Kerry County Council 18 months ago to have the estate taken over – and it’s unlikely the lights will be switched back on until this happens.
A spokesman for the council  says they’re currently considering the application.
Mr Murphy says many of the residents of Blackrock are elderly people who’re in danger of injuring themselves due to the lack of lighting.
He says they’ve been waiting long enough: