Crime fears as Welwyn Hatfield streetlights are switched off
A BLACKOUT across a huge number of Welwyn Hatfield’s roads has led to residents fearing of crime, their own safety, and their taxes being wasted.
Since the streetlights were switched off last month, the Welwyn Hatfield Times has been inundated with complaints about the new scheme – aiming to reduce the �10m bill – with it affecting not only party-goers walking home, but also late-night workers and businesses too.
The Hertfordshire County Council programme sees a huge amount of lights being turned off – 75 per cent across Hertfordshire – and in Welwyn Hatfield this includes some of our most major residential and through roads including Beehive Lane, Howlands, Knella Road, Handside Lane, in WGC and Stonecross Road, Ellenbrook Lane and Southdown Road, in Hatfield, only being “part lit” between midnight and 6am.
The aim for the council is not only to save itself more than �1m a year, but also to cut down on the carbon emissions bill.
However, it is a move which has met a mixed reception.
You may also want to watch:
Nicky Loft, 22, of Hatfield, was one of the complainers who was very concerned for public safety.
The Harmony Close resident said: “It’s a terrible idea, it won’t be long before there is a violent crime, or a string of crimes and by then it will be too late.
- 1 The latest court results for Welwyn Hatfield and Potters Bar
- 2 Family of four ‘distraught’ living in single hotel room for nearly five months after house fire
- 3 6 of the best places to hot tub in and around Hertfordshire
- 4 How Welwyn's White Hart pub improvised after £100K kitchen inferno
- 5 Banned driver jailed following high-speed police chase
- 6 'Another Jo Cox' - Hatfield councillor predicted MP attack months before David Amess death
- 7 County success for Phil Embleton while Brookmans Park golfers enjoy annual highlight
- 8 The Proclaimers to headline Folk by the Oak in Hatfield Park
- 9 Dozens die after catching COVID-19 in our hospitals
- 10 Arrests made following stop and searches – including teenager with baton
“A 10-minute walk is now like 10 times more dangerous.
“I understand we need to cut costs or CO2 emissions or something but it’s a risky move.”
However not everyone believed the switch-off was such a bad idea.
Adam Ginty, of Archers Ride, WGC, said: “We’ve got to make cuts in local government spending of �200m by 2014 just to stay afloat.
“Cuts are never easy, and there will always be arguments for the negative and for the positive.
“The provision of street lights is not a legal obligation, and [pubs such as] The Cork and The Doctors Tonic are lucky if one per cent of the entire population of WGC is using the town after 12am.”
For more reaction, the county council’s view, as well as facts and figures, buy this week’s Welwyn Hatfield Times.