'Turn streetlights back on in Hertfordshire', council urged

PUBLISHED: 06:30 13 December 2011

Duncan Lewis

Duncan Lewis

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TURN the streetlights back on overnight.

That’s the message Duncan Lewis and the 921 people who signed his petition sent out to Hertfordshire County Council this week, as the protest was handed across on Wednesday.

The midnight to 6am switch-off across the county started in July as the council bid to save in a bid to save £10m, while cutting the county’s carbon footprint.

Mr Lewis, from Welham Green, had around £600 worth of goods stolen from his vehicle at the beginning of the blackout and believes crime has been on the increase ever since.

He decided to take the matter into his own hands in September and started petitions in a number of village shops – Michael’s Butchers, Bryan’s hardware and the post office – as well as the newsagents in Brookmans Park, to be signed by residents.

Mr Lewis, pictured, told the WHT: “I thought we have to do something about this, and a lot of people have agreed with me.

“I think most people are upset that there hasn’t been a proper form of consultation with residents.

“I have noticed a few lights have started to come on here and there, so hopefully people’s voices are starting to be heard a bit.

“If this petition isn’t successful in getting the lights back on, hopefully there can be some kind of compromise.”

He added: “I think the main thing is that everyone feels really unsafe.”

A county council spokesman said: “We have received the petition, it’s under consideration and we will respond to the lead petitioner in due course.”

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