Monday, 21 January 2013

Northumberland Labour Group have taken a serious look at the state of Street Lighting County-Wide and agree with the people we serve that this current situation of failing street lights and removed columns cannot persist

Labour to Replace all Lights With White Light
Northumberland Labour Group have taken a serious look at the state of Street Lighting County-Wide and agree with the people we serve that this current situation of failing street lights and removed columns cannot persist.
It is well documented nationally that failing street lights lead to a rise in crime in urban areas as thieves feel safe from identification in the dark.
Labour raised this issue earlier this year following the mass removal of street lighting columns in the South East of the County to have an invest to save scheme designed to resolve the problems. Officers put forward a £25M non PFI capital scheme to change all lights to white light which will reduce the costs of energy use dramatically.
Northumberland Labour Group Leader Grant Davey said: "Labour has pushed this scheme forward as being a contract rather than a PFI it protects the jobs of our local workforce as the maintenance of the new lighting scheme will remain 'In-House'. This is a win-win for Northumberland, we will retain valuable jobs that contribute towards the economy of our Market Towns and make a massive saving on energy costs that will benefit the Council tax payer."

Berwick Press
Street lights removed on safety grounds

Published on Friday 18 January 2013 11:37
DISAPPEARING lamp posts in Berwick will be replaced - but not until the next financial year in a number of cases.
Residents in Highcliffe, Ascew Crescent and Sunnyside Crescent have all raised concerns in recent weeks after a number of street lights have seemingly disappeared, leaving behind taped-up stumps in their place.
Two columns were removed from Askew Crescent in November. One resident said: “It’s very dark in mornings and evenings going to and from work, a few of us have had to use torches.”
Another street light has also been reduced to a stump outside Sunnyside Crescent, a spot which residents say is particularly dangerous as it is on a school route with parked cars and children playing.
Northumberland County Council say that the lamp posts that have been removed were found to be structurally defective and had been removed for safety reasons.
A spokeswoman for Northumberland County Council said: “In this financial year we have replaced 23 street lighting columns in Berwick, East Ord, Spittal and Tweedmouth.
“As part of the testing and inspection programme, we have recently found a further 24 columns that are structurally defect and have been cut down on safety grounds.
“Some of the columns deemed to be a priority shall be replaced within the financial year and all the others will be replaced from April onwards


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