In response to the issue of the street light on Linford Estate.
A survey and petition was carried out and the results handed to the parish council which provided overwhelming evidence that the residents of Linford Estate, both young and old, have no wish for any form of street lighting. The data revealed that everyone wants this to be removed and relocated to a more beneficial position in the village.
The survey carried out after the lamp was put up revealed that 86 per cent of households on Linford Estate (80 per cent of households were surveyed) considered it to be yet another example of tax payers’ money wasted in a time of austerity and the residents also strongly objected to a lack of consultation. The survey and petition were presented to Clenchwarton Parish Council at the March CPC meeting, however this was largely ignored by the councillors who voted against removing the light from Linford Estate. One councillor stated: “We can’t have people questioning the parish council.” Another parish councillor abstained from the debate, again, failing to address the wishes of the community.
The reason provided for the street light was the condition of the private, unadopted road, however instead of spending two thousand pounds of tax-payers’ money, maybe the parish council should be lobbying the homeowners of this section of private road to make satisfactory repairs, thus being more prudent with the accounts. It has to be stated that the main thoroughfare through Linford Estate that is owned by the highways is in excellent condition.