A decision to place a street light in an “inappropriate” setting in Clenchwarton has led one resident to start a petition against it.
Traline Moore, who lives on the Linford estate, has alleged the decision amounts to a “mismanagement of parish funds”, after it was installed there in December.
But Clenchwarton Parish Council chairwoman Sheila James has vehemently refuted these claims and said that there has been evidence that it is needed for many years.
However, Mrs Moore is adamant that the majority of people are against the decision, as her petition now has more than 50 signatures, which calls for the lamp post, which cost Clenchwarton Parish Council around £2,000 to install, to be relocated.
She said: “Surely there is a better place for it to go? It’s not serving the community at the moment. It’s located on a dark main road, it should be in a place where more people will benefit from it.”
A bus stop would be a much more appropriate place for the lamp, Mrs Moore has suggested.
“We have got school kids and elderly people using these bus shelters, and there’s more people down that way generally. It would make more sense there.”
As well as the petition, Mrs Moore has conducted research to further understand her fellow residents’ feelings on the matter.
“There was an overwhelming response stating that there is no requirement, desire or wish to have any street lamps installed on the estate.
“One 91-year-old resident stated that ‘she didn’t want a street light’ and ‘never considered Linford Estate a dark or dangerous place’ and often walks through the estate to visit family and friends.”
Mrs Moore has criticised the process of installing the light, and said that the community was not consulted on it before it was fixed.
She said: “They didn’t do a survey beforehand. There are people on the estate who have moved here from cities who like the fact that it’s dark here.”
Mrs James said: “The light has been arranged for a long time – for years. We have now finally got one there, and it’s important to have it for health and safety reasons because of the road conditions.”
Mrs James said that she believed elderly people living on the estate wanted the lamp post there.
“They would like the light so they can see where they are going,” she added.