Wisbech council launches survey on street lights

North Brink
North Brink

Council tax payers in Wisbech will be able to have their say on whether £17,403 should be spent on keeping the street lights on.

Wisbech Town Council has now launched a consultation on whether it should pay to keep the 1,449 lights on.

Cambridgeshire County Council is looking to save £272,000 by switching off street lights between midnight and 6am each day.

The cost of keeping the lights on would be £12 per light per year (increasing by inflation and fuel costs each year), plus an annual administrative charge of £65.

The total cost for 2016/17 financial year would be £17,403.00. And this would be funded by an 8.4 per cent rise on the council’s precept.

The town’s council tax payers now have until Friday, September 25, to complete a survey.

Options include: turning the lights off; turn the lights off for a trial period of 12 months; pay to keep the lights on; or not bothered.

A council spokesman is urging council tax payers to complete the survey.

He says: “The council considers it important that, before reaching a decision on this matter, which could have a financial impact upon all of the council tax payers in Wisbech, the town’s residents be given the opportunity to let the council know how they feel about the options available.

“The council will have regard for the results of this public consultation exercise when making a decision at its meeting on Monday, September 28.

“Please take this opportunity to respond to the consultation– if we do not have your views, we cannot take them into account.”

Those completing the survey must give their name, address and postcode.

The online survey is available at: www.wisbechtowncouncil.org.uk/streetlightssurvey.html

Alternatively email info@wisbechtowncouncil.org.uk or write to 1 North Brink.