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Friday, 19 December 2014

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Threat to street lights across Allerdale

Nearly half of Allerdale’s street lights are at risk of being removed, it has been revealed.

Council chiefs have launched an investigation into how they can keep the area lit up after bosses at Electricity North West (ENW) decided it will no longer allow lights on 900 poles owned by the firm.

The poles are mainly used for carrying overhead power lines but historically many have also been used as locations for street lights.

Though the change will be phased in slowly – over the next 25 years – councillors are now examining the options for replacing the lights that are due to be lost. A meeting is due to debate the issue tomorrow.

ENW has notified the council of its plans to remove 94 poles carrying public lights owned by the authority in the next year.

Council officials have contacted 21 affected parishes and had responses from 13 of them. In many, locals voiced concern about the removal of lights, many citing road safety and crime prevention as reasons for maintaining public lighting.

People living in Braithwaite near Keswick raised concerns that four lights were at risk of being removed and villagers said one of them was of “vital importance because the area is dark, near a rough, narrow road, with no pavement and a very poor surface, and by the river.”

In Aspatria, the response was: “Public safety: No footpaths or pavements in some areas, and removal of lighting could increase the risk of crime and accidents.

“Pedestrians and schoolchildren walking to school in unlit areas would be at increased risk.”

In their report, officers say that 900 of the authority’s 2,000 street lights are currently on ENW poles and so at risk.

It would cost £2.4 million to replace all the at-risk lights “like for like”, although cheaper replacement options are set out in report. A decision on the issue is unlikely for many months.

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While you are commenting think about poor pensioners who rely on these lights.Thats right you don't because i can see the "im all right jack" attitudes posted on here.

Posted by Dave on 5 April 2014 at 13:04

In this day and age, street lighting is an unaffordable luxury from both an economic & environmental viewpoint. How much could we save if street in terms of energy if lighting was minimised or even eradicated?

Posted by Brian on 5 April 2014 at 10:49

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