Pedestrians have urged their council to repair a series of broken lights in a town centre underpass that has attracted “drug dealers and gang members”.

Harrow resident Mark Jankowski said the situation below the roundabout near Morrison’s in Pinner Road has made the area “dangerous”.

He said it has been an on-and-off issue for several years and cited reports of a series of muggings at the site.

He called for a “prompt resolution” and accused the local authority of neglecting its duty in protecting residents.

Cllr Graham Henson, leader of Harrow Council, said he was aware of the situation and that engineers were working on the problem to “at least get some of the lights working”.

He described it as a “challenging” issue and explained that the age of the lights – some of which are more than 30 years old – could lead to delays in resolving it.

“Unfortunately, the engineers have advised that there is no quick fix and it will probably require complete refurbishment and so they are looking to find a viable and cost effective solution to resolve the issues and get the underpass lit again at the earliest opportunity,” he said.

The council’s lighting contractor explained that water has been seeping into the light’s electrical wires causing them to trip.