WISBECH: Residents still in dark over streetlights plan

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Residents’ questions about street light removals in Wisbech were left unanswered today (Monday) after a county council official did not attend due to impending elections on Thursday.

Tom Blackburne-Maze, from Cambridgeshire County Council, was due to attend the meeting but said on Thursday that he was unable to attend due to purdah.

A last-minute change of venue – from Onyx Court to the Salvation Army Citadel – may also have affected the number of people who turned up. However, it is hoped another meeting, which is to be arranged, will be more positive.

Monday’s meeting, organised by the Wisbech and District Tenants and Residents’ Association, was a chance for residents to speak about plans to de-illuminate around 272 streetlights in the town. Their main complaint was the lack of consultation by contractors Balfour Beatty.

Jayne Abrams said: “We have been marginalised so we don’t know what’s going on and we don’t have time to do a proper consultation.”

Cllr Simon King agreed that Balfour Beatty do not appear to have carried out the proper consultation and he would raise it with them. He also promised to ask the council who has decided which street lights to remove.

Meeting chairman Tony Roughton was concerned about some of the locations of the proposed removals, such as six out of the 15 lights down Magazine Lane, where pensioner Una Crown was murdered.

Phillipa Daisley commented that it seems to be a “done deal”, a claim that was refuted by Cllr King.

• If anyone is concerned about streetlight removals in their road, contact your local county councillor.