Monday, 3 November 2014

Huppert and Cearns lead drive for better lighting

MP Julian Huppert and Cambridgeshire County Councillor, Ed Cearns are pushing for better street lighting in Cambridge’s parks and open spaces after students revealed their safety fears.

They are calling for joint funding from Cambridge City Council and Cambridgeshire County Council after students spoke out following 10 sex attacks in the city in nine days.

And they have signed a petition launched by the student newspaper, TAB which calls for “better lighting in our parks and green spaces to ensure that when we walk through Cambridge at night, we feel safer and more secure”. 

The petition, which has 1,500 signatures, came as the County Council pushes ahead with its countywide programme to reduce street lighting to save money and energy.

Cllr Cearns, who represents Cambridge’s Market ward said: “There are real concerns about safety in our city and we must address those concerns.

“We are committed to getting extra funding to address this issue. “We will look at whether a joint funding formula can be put in place to pay for improved lighting on primary routes across out green spaces. And we will be pushing the City Council to make sure that all existing lights are working properly.”

Julian said: “It is clear by the sheer number of people who have signed this petition that there people are worried about the lack of lighting in our parks and open spaces. 

“Some people clearly don’t feel safe walking through parts of the city at night and that is not acceptable. We have look at this as a matter of urgency.”