Lincoln’s Member of Parliament, Karl McCartney MP, has supported Lincolnshire County Council’s decision to cease turning off some streetlights at 10pm.
The Council has been looking to save £1.7m from its annual £5m streetlighting budget, which will involve turning off certain lights in residential areas for part of the night. They had initially planned to turn off some streetlights at 10pm, including in some neighbourhoods in Karl’s City of Lincoln Constituency.
However, following calls from some of those affected, and direct representations by Karl on behalf of his constituents who have been affected, the Council have decided to revise its plans and leave all 'part-night' lights on until midnight.
Karl McCartney MP, said: “I welcome this decision by Lincolnshire County Council to cease turning off some streetlights at 10pm.
“Over recent weeks, I had raised with my colleagues at the County Council the concerns of lots of constituents about changes to streetlighting in their own roads in my Lincoln Constituency. It was very clear that there was a great deal disquiet among residents who, understandably, feared an increase in crime and road traffic accidents as a result.
“I am, therefore, pleased the Council have listened to people’s concerns and have taken the decision to ensure that those streetlights that have been converted to 10pm will be reset to switch off at midnight. Of course I would prefer that the County Council looked at entirely other areas of their budget to make savings.”
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