MP’s Commons call for street lights to go on

Andy Sawford
Andy Sawford

Corby and East Northants MP Andy Sawford has made a call for county street lights to be switched back on.

During an adjournment debate in the House of Commons, the MP said Northamptonshire County Council switched off more than 30,000 lights across the county in 2011 to save money but that the authority took the wrong approach.

He said: “They should have had a plan for switching over to newer more energy efficient lighting that did not involve turning off half the lights first. They should have had a plan that did not involve putting people’s safety at risk.” The MP told the Commons that streetlighting costs each household in the county £1.14 a year.

He said: “That is a very small price to pay for adequate streetlighting.”

He highlighted the case of a nine-year-old boy who was hit by a car in Oakley Road, Corby, after the street lights were switched off. Mr Sawford said: “I want to see the lights turned back on now through this winter.”

A county council spokesman said: “No lights have been turned back on as a result of incidents such as crime. However some have been switched back on at the request of the police as a crime prevention measure.”