Dersingham residents fight for street light to be turned on

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People living in a Dersingham cul-de-sac have been fighting for two years to have Norfolk County Council change its stance on street lighting.

Residents of St Nicholas Close have made a simple request to switch over arrangements for two street lights in the cul-de-sac in order for some residents to feel safer at night.

But this appeal has gone unheard due to the council’s part night lighting policy, which was introduced in 2010 to help save £170,000.

Under this scheme, lights are turned off for a five hour period starting at 1am.

People living in the close want a street light which is kept on throughout the night to illuminate an alleyway to be turned off and for another around the corner to stay on.

But the council says the alleyway light is exempt from the part night policy.

Residents have now sent a petition to the council in a bid to change the arrangements.

One of the people fighting to have the lighting arrangements changed is Brian Pickett.

He said: “Most of the close is left in darkness for most of the night.

“There are two powerful lights at both ends of the alleyway. I can’t understand why they want to leave a light on for an alleyway which is hardly used while there is another at a different part of the close which is used a lot but is not lit up at all.

“We have people passing throughout the night at that point or there are cars parked at the bottom.

“We would feel safer to have that light left on all night. People in the close feel vulnerable and most of us are pensioners.

“This situation is bureaucratic and silly. If it was going to cost the council more money I could understand but this won’t.”

Ward member John Dobson said some people in the close have been frightened by youths.

He said: “The council is being bureaucratic and heavy handed.

“These people are tax payers and all they are asking for is a light to be turned on and another turned off and that is the most sensible thing to do and a low cost thing.”

A county council spokesman said: “We have a countywide approach on street lighting which is based on the policy agreed by cabinet in January 2010.

“This policy removed the commitment to light throughout the night when street lighting is provided so that part night lighting may be introduced on streets which are busier through routes and where crime rates are low.

“Based on information received from police, levels of crime and anti social behaviour in St Nicholas Close remain low during the hours that the streetlights are not lit.”

The policy was introduced after discussions with police.