Residents’ bright ideas on street lighting needed
Street lighting is set to be improved in the borough as the council announces a new investment plan with residents taking centre stage by identifying where the money should be spent.
Many residents, in particular women and girls, have told the council that they do not feel safe on the borough’s streets at night – inconsistency in light distribution in some locations may contribute towards this.
This is why residents are being asked for their local knowledge to inform the council of areas across the borough where street lighting levels could be improved.
Improved lighting can also help to deter people illegally dumping rubbish and enhance the quality of images captured on CCTV.
The council will upgrade lighting in areas of the borough where people feel vulnerable on some roads or in other publicly accessed areas, for example footpaths away from a road, or around transport hubs.
The council wants residents to identify the areas that need lighting improvements, so an assessment can be made before work can begin on improving existing lighting systems or installing new ones.
Cllr Seema Chandwani, Cabinet Member for Tackling Inequality and Resident Services, said:
I’m delighted that we are investing in improving street lighting levels across the borough.
Residents have told us street lighting can improve safety, address issues of anti-social behaviour, dumping and crime. It can also encourage people to take public transport or walk more.
Now the investment has been agreed, we are moving on to the next phase of finding out from residents where improvements are needed in their neighbourhoods.
If you have areas or streets in your neighbourhood that can be improved with better street lighting, then please get involved. We’re keen to hear from everyone, whether you’re a young person, a resident association, school council, a dog walker, work nights or are on the safer neighbourhoods panel - please participate!
Residents will be able to identify areas needing street lighting improvement from 27 March until 30 April 2023.
Once a review of the data receive is completed, street lighting improvements can be designed and installed.
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