Would you pay to keep Wisbech street lights burning?

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Councillors could be forking out an additional £17,403 a year to keep street lights burning throughout the night.

Cambridgeshire County Council is proposing to switch off street lights between midnight and 6am in a cost-cutting move.

Wisbech Town Council is now considering whether to pick up the tab to ensure the town’s lights remain on.

The town has 1,449 street lights and to keep them lit the council would be forced to increase its budget by 8.4 per cent. This works out at the annual cost of an additional £2.91 for a Band D property.

Members have agreed to run a consultation to find out if residents are willing to pay to keep the town lit at night.

During Monday’s meeting Sam Hoy said: “This has been in the county council budget for more than year and I’m disappointed that we are only hearing about it now in Wisbech.

“I think we ought to have a proper consultation to ask people what they want with the precept implications.”

Cllr Virginia Bucknor said: “This is not a rural area where people close their doors at 5pm. We are a 24/7 town with shift work which finishes at 2am. Of course we can’t have the lights switched off, but we should ask residents.”