Monday, 19 December 2011

New Lighting Scheme Could Leave Residents In The Dark - Heathcock

A leading Cambridgeshire County Councillor fears that residents could be left in the dark by a new lighting scheme in his ward.

Cllr Geoff Heathcock, who represents Queen Ediths, has welcomed a five year plan to improve lighting across the area; but he is worried that several old lighting columns in Spalding Way are being removed and not replaced.

And he says the problem is compounded by a county council decision last year to save 10 per cent from the street lighting budget.

“Residents have told me they are worried about how some stretches of the road are very dark and they don’t feel safe,” he said. “There are also a large number of elderly people living in the area.”

Cllr Heathcock has requested a site meeting with contractor, Balfour Beatty and a county council representative.

He added: “The new lights are much better overall and they are very welcome; but I am anxious because residents are worried that they may have less lights overall and this could put safety at risk.”