Switch the Lights Back On!
If elected I will demand the switch-off ends with immediate effect, and will petition the leader of the County Council to do so. Tory cuts are responsible for the switch-off, and the Tory-led North Kesteven District Council is simply not doing enough to ensure that our communities are safe at night. I will ensure that the residents of Waddington West are heard.
Since 2016 Lincolnshire County Council have switched off more than half of the region’s 68,000 street lights at night due to the savage budget cuts imposed by the Tory government. The lights are switched off between midnight (and as early as 10pm in some areas) until dawn.
Unsurprisingly, this has been wildly unpopular with the people of Lincolnshire, North Kesteven, and Waddington West.
Lincolnshire County Council leader and Tory local politician Martin Hill was quoted as saying in an interview with The Lincolnite,
“There’ll be no chance that all those street lights we’ve switched off will come back on again.”
The current situation is not only unacceptable, it’s downright dangerous. Councillor Hill went on to argue “And last time I looked, all cars had headlights on.” Such comments are reckless, and don’t take into account the danger to members of the public at night who are having to navigate unlit streets.
9 out of 10 of residents in Waddington West who responded to Lincolnshire County Council’s street lighting survey said they held a negative or extremely negative opinion of the switch-off.
Lincoln MP Karen Lee said in response to the switch-off, “People have said to me that they no longer go out at night because of the lights being switched off so that clearly does have an impact on the local business economy as well as causing social isolation. People say they are disappointed at the fact that they pay for local services such as street lighting and they feel they are being short changed.”
Switching street lights off is reckless, dangerous and deeply unpopular. I will fight to get them switched back on, regardless of what the leader of the Council thinks about the matter.