Climbdown over street lights in Daventry

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STREET lights on some of Daventry’s most dangerous roads and pathways will be switched back on following a council u-turn.

At an emergency meeting last week it was agreed that lights on school routes and danger hot-spots will be re-lit ‘as soon as possible’.

Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) had decided to switch-off half its street lights in June to save £2 million.

But Chris Long and Alan Hills, who both represent Daventry on NCC, met with highways officers on Friday to try and persuade them to change the decision.

And it was agreed at the meeting that some of the town’s lights need to be turned back on as a matter of urgency.

These include Ashby Road between the Middlemore roundabout and Barceló Hotel and Yeomanry Way on the Grange estate.

Cllr Long said: “These two routes were key as children use them on the way to and from school, and it will be getting dark earlier again soon.

“The key for me is the safety of residents. It’s good that the council has had a review and listened to people’s concerns.

“They have taken on board local knowledge and changed their decision based on this, we are delighted with that.

“A lot of potential danger has been averted and it’s probably one of the most satisfactory meetings I’ve ever had because so many people will benefit.”

NCC said it can’t specify exactly when the lights will be switched back on but added it will be “as soon as possible”.

Other areas of the town with heavy forestation and where street lights illuminate steps are also being reconsidered.

Cllr Alan Hills added: “We are very pleased with the result.

“We are now hoping to get more lights turned back on.”