Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Residents Left In The Dark As County Council Refuses To Replace Streetlight

Cllr Geoff Healthcock
(LD, Queen Edith's)

Cambridge residents living in Spalding Way are being kept in the dark because Cambridgeshire County Council won’t pay to have their street light restored.

Queen Edith’s County Councillor, Geoff Heathcock has fought a three month campaign to get back the light after it was removed from near the junction with Godwin Way in November without consultation.

Residents were concerned because the decision to remove the light left the route to and from Queen Emma Primary School in darkness.

Contractor Balfour Beatty has quoted £1,300 to restore the lighting but Cambridgeshire County Council’s Tory Cabinet won’t agree to pay.

“The county council has paid for a brand new multi million pound primary school nearby for very young residents but won't find the money to ensure the route to and from this school is properly lit,” said Cllr Heathcock. “This makes absolutely no sense.

The whole system of removing street lighting is hit and miss, and despite site meetings and an approach to Cabinet members my residents will stay in the dark.”