Council dim fears over street lights

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A decision over which street lights will be turned off has not yet been made, North Yorkshire County Council have claimed.

The authority insist that they plan on consulting every home in Scarborough before they make a decision over controversial county-wide plans, which if given the green light, would plunge up to half of the town into darkness.

Their refutal comes after a Scarborough pensioner claimed staff at the council informed him that the lights in his street would be completely switched off when the proposals are introduced, which could be as early as January.

Mr Colin Jameson, of Gladstone Lane, claims that staff at the council service centre informed him that all but two of the street lights on his street would be turned off, with all the lighting in Gladstone Street also set to be turned off.

He claims he was surprised and concerned about the comment since the council is currently in the midst of a public consultation regarding the plans.

However, a spokesperson for the authority said that no such decision had been made.

They added: “The public consultation is still ongoing - every household in Scarborough will be consulted.”

“We have not contacted every home in Scarborough yet, but we are currently in the process of doing so,’ adding that every home in the town will be issued with a leaflet about the plans.

They will then have four weeks to feedback any issues to the county council.

The plans have already been criticised by crime and community safety chiefs over concerns that the move could see crime and anti-social behaviour rates soar.

Councillors have also hit out the proposals, fearing that it would be like “going back to the war years”.

The authority hope to save £400,000 through the cost-cutting measure, as well as saving around 3,000 tonnes of carbon.

Consultation results will be fed back to Scarborough Council before a decision is made.