Little Stanion residents left in the dark over “dangerous” lack of street lighting

A resident of the Little Stanion development near Corby says he feels they're being left in the dark over the lack of street lighting on their streets
A resident of the Little Stanion development near Corby says he feels they're being left in the dark over the lack of street lighting on their streets

A resident of the Little Stanion development near Corby says he feels they’re being left in the dark over the lack of street lighting on their streets.

With developer Silentpride in administration, roads cannot be adopted by Northamptonshire County Council as they have not been brought up to standard.

As the roads have not been adopted, the authorities will not repair the lighting.

And Little Stanion resident Eli Ward says this is making it dangerous place to be.

He said: “Since the clocks went back, Little Stanion’s lack of facilities has become even more emphasised as the street lighting is on the whole not working.

“The lack of upkeep, despite residents paying a management company, is now affecting residents and will only get worse as it gets colder and darker.

“A woman was found face down with her dog sat at her side as she struggled to see the high unsurfaced road and subsequent kerb, and she injured herself.

“Cars have crashed into unlit raised central islands and it is only a matter of time before something else happens.

“The situation is dire and council tax-paying residents are fed up but nobody wants to do, or seemingly can do anything about it.”

Before a road can be adopted it must be brought up to standard, serve a maintenance period which lasts at least 12 months, and have the sewers adopted by the water authority.

The onus is on the developer to bring the roads up to standard.

A Northamptonshire County Council spokesman said: “There are no highway adoption agreements in place for Little Stanion – the developer, Silentpride, is in administration.

“As such we have forwarded all complaints and concerns regarding the site to the developer’s administrators.

“In respect of street lighting, the county council is not the lighting authority for the development.”

A spokesman for Corby Council said: “During the construction phase street lighting is the responsibility of contractors and developers.

“This remains the case until the street lighting, as part of the highways infrastructure, is offered to the county council.

“Enforcement is responsibility of the county council as highway authority.”