Members of the Sittingbourne and Sheppey Labour Party will this week be joining a County wide campaign to reverse Tory KCC’s decision to turn off local streetlights at night.
Labour politicians from the across the County are leading on a petition that says:
“Following Kent County Council’s decision to switch off 70,000 of Kent’s streetlights between the hours of 12 am and 5 30 am, we the undersigned, petition Kent County Council to reinstate our streetlights whilst more detailed consultation together with detailed risk assessments aided by professional bodies are carried out”
The local Labour Party, with support from across Kent, will be meeting people in Sittingbourne High Street to explain why they are opposed to the Tory blackout and asking for signatures in support.”
County Cllr Roger Truelove (Swale Central) says:
“Much more serious examination of this decision to turn off the lights is needed. We know that more fatal and serious accidents occur outside daylight hours. I have heard the argument that it will lead to less crime as criminals will be frightened of knocking over milk bottles. It is hard to take that seriously. I have had complaints from residents in many parts of Sittingbourne. The public need to speak out and the KCC need to think again.”
Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate Guy Nicholson says:
“I join with Labour colleagues across Kent in calling for a fundamental review to take place to address the concerns residents have raised with us since streetlights have been switched off. Some parts of Sittingbourne and Sheppey have been plunged into almost total darkness and the issues people have are real – Tory KCC need to acknowledge this and act.”