Disgust at street light switch off in Northants

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THOSE left in the dark after the recent street light switch off have issued a clear demand to county hall.

Over the last few weeks workmen for Northants County Council have been switching off half the street lights in built up areas.

This week people contacted the Advertiser to say the switch off is dangerous.

Karen Summerfield lives just off Halse Road in Brackley said she is disgusted at the programme which has left her with an unlit walk way into a park at the side of her house

She added: “There is enough crime about an I think this just makes matters worse, and also very dangerous, and I ‘m sure I ‘m not the only one who thinks this.

“My message to the council is - put the lights back on.”

NCC have said they were forced to embark upon the big switch off in order to save £2million on street lighting, part of the £73 million they must save this year.

A spokesman for Northants Police said: “NCC has consulted the police to help assess and mitigate any potential impact on public safety, and police crime prevention officers remain in close contact with colleagues from the council.

“Public safety is our priority and we will continue to do everything we can to keep crime down. We will be working with partners to monitor the areas affected by the change and manage any issues should they arise.”

NCC’s cabinet are currently also considering an new private finance initiative to replace all the county’s lights with cheaper to run versions.