Switch-off not a money saver

Roger Hayman, street lighting operative, starting the street light switch off in Water Pump Court.
Roger Hayman, street lighting operative, starting the street light switch off in Water Pump Court.
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I’ve had several emails from local residents about accidents they have suffered as a result of the Third World lighting levels in the back streets of Northampton.

The people who have contacted me have been taken to casualty at Northampton General Hospital, and have had stitches and other treatments.

Now I don’t know, off-hand, the cost of someone accessing casualty, but I’m sure it runs into thousands of pounds. This ignores the cost to the individual of damaged clothing or bikes, time off work recovering, etc.

Let’s get this straight: Northamptonshire County Council turns off the lights to save £2m, people have accidents and have to use the NHS costing thousands. How many injuries, or even worse, will it take before someone with half a brain on the Tory county council realises that it’s actually costing money, not saving it?

Jill Hope

Hunsbury and Upton Lib Dem FOCUS team,

Rectory Lane, Milton Malsor