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Council expresses concern over switching off street lights

Mansfield District Council has expressed concerns over the proposals approved by Nottinghamshire County Council (NCC) to turn off the street lights in many communities across the county.

At a Full Council meeting on 4 July, Mansfield District Council agreed to write to NCC asking them to further investigate the impact of street lighting cuts on community safety before lights are switched off in Mansfield.

Councillor Joyce Bosnjak, who proposed the motion, said: "We have real concerns that turning off the street lights in Mansfield will result in higher levels of crime and will have an impact on people's safety. These measures will affect the safety of women, shiftworkers and the elderly and will make them feel vulnerable.

"In other communities in Nottinghamshire the county council switched the lights back on following an increase in burglaries and an attack. I do not want the people of Mansfield to have similar experiences and then have to campaign to get the lights turned back on."

The NCC proposals include:

  • Switching off some lights completely where they are no longer considered necessary
  • Dimming some lights on main roads between 10pm and 7am
  • Switching off some lights between midnight and 5.30am (plus or minus 15 minutes) in residential areas following consultation with local communities.

Portfolio holder for Public Protection, Councillor Mick Barton, said: "We are extremely concerned for the safety of our residents. This is something we take very seriously, which is why we are asking Nottinghamshire County Council to carry out an urgent review of their decision to switch off the lights in Mansfield and to fully assess the impact of these measures on personal safety."

Published 09 July 2012

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