Veteran calls for a switch off rebate

William Grantham from Brackley is having trouble with the streetlights on Bridgewater Road where he lives.'111025M-B101
William Grantham from Brackley is having trouble with the streetlights on Bridgewater Road where he lives.'111025M-B101

A partially sighted 87-year-old veteran of the Normandy landings is calling for a council tax rebate as he struggles to negotiate steps to the front door of his bungalow following the street light switch off.

Willam Grantham of Bridgewater Road in Brackley contacted the Advertiser after seeing last week’s story about a former traffic cop who fears an accident waiting happen on an unlit bend near his home in Valley Road.

Mr Grantham walks with a stick and said savings made by Northants County Council should be passed on to people like him.

He said: “It’s a bit of a job because I’ve got bad knees and I have to be careful during the daytime.”

Mr Grantham said the situation reminded him of being a motorbike dispatch rider during the 1940s air raid black outs and added: “We won the war but you wouldn’t think it with what we are going through now.”

Mr Grantham lives on his own and is in constant fear of a fall. He is also worried the switch off will make the area less safe. He added: “I was in Bicester the other night, they have lights there. I pay my council tax every month, they should take some off because of the lights.”

A spokesman for NCC said they would no longer be able to assess appeals regarding individual street lights following the signing of a PFI with Balfour Beaty to replace the lights, but would be accepting and monitoring feedback.