Street lights back on by the end of this week

STREET lights on some of Daventry’s most dangerous roads will be switched back on by tomorrow (Friday), Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) has confirmed.

After two review meetings earlier this summer NCC highway officers agreed to reverse their decision on some town streets following pleas from the public.

There will also be a further review meeting on Monday (September 12) so other roads and pathways can be discussed.

NCC had decided to switch off half its street lights in June to save £2 million.

Cllr Chris Long, who represents Daventry West for NCC, said: “This is the last meeting planned and people are still able to raise any concerns they have about roads and pathways in the town. If they let me know I will raise the problems at the meeting .

“I have also been told by highways officers that all the lights NCC has agreed to turn back on will be complete by Friday, which is great.”

At the first review meeting officers were persuaded to change their decision in areas including Ashby Road and Yeomanry Way, which are both used by schoolchildren.

And at the second meeting it was agreed to turn the lights back on in areas including the footpath to the side of Northern Way and the whole of the path between the iCon roundabout and Queen of Hearts pub.

Bryan Farmer, who’s heading up the Daventry Lights Back On action group, said: “This is a great step forward and we’ve had brilliant support from councillors and our MP Chris Heaton-Harris.

“But the fight doesn’t stop here and we will keep campaigning.

“One area we would like to see re-lit is the path from Jellicoe Close to Hawk Road as it’s used by schoolchildren.”

NCC is also set to spend £132 million over 25 years to upgrade and maintain its street lights. The new lights would be brighter, use less energy and be easier to control.

The council is hoping that without turning more lights back on, the new lights will provide brightness that is as good as it was before the switch-off.

If there is an area of Daventry where you would like to see street lights turned back on email clong@northamptonshire.gov.uk.