Blackout of street lights leaves Daventry residents feeling vulnerable

Northamptonshire County Council are going to be turning off some street lights as part of the budget cuts. 'Pictured: Street lights in Stimpson Avenue. 'NEWS, NEWSDESK.
Northamptonshire County Council are going to be turning off some street lights as part of the budget cuts. 'Pictured: Street lights in Stimpson Avenue. 'NEWS, NEWSDESK.
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ANGRY Daventry residents say the lights switch-off has left parts of the town ‘fraught with danger’.

The claims come after half the street lights were left off for the first time this week plunging housing estates, paths across playing fields and subways into darkness.

The move is part of Northamptonshire County Council’s (NCC) latest cost-cutting exercise.

But now many fear for public safety in certain areas of the town which had already been branded accident blackspots.

The Daventry Express has received numerous letters and phone calls from concerned readers who fear the measures could lead to increased crime – despite the county council’s pledge not to turn off lights in higher crime areas or dangerous junctions.

In some places the only lights left switched on are ones that didn’t work to begin with.

Brian Cooney, from Daventry, said: “We are all for saving the council and in turn our selves, costs but to leave a park way in complete darkness shows how the claims of the careful way the choice of lights to switch off will be undertaken is a complete joke.”

All the lights have gone off along the A361 across Drayton Reservoir dam leaving the narrow pavement

which connects the Middlemore estate to the rest of Daventry in pitch black.

And on the Southbrook’s Fishponds playing field, used by many as a walkway to and from the town centre, half the lights have been turned off.

For the full story and reactions, see this week’s Daventry Express.