City of York Council Criticised over Street Light Plans
7:57am 4th April 2013
Plans to stop checking if street lights have gone out in York are being criticised by opposition councillor Ann Reid.
The city council's planning to stop employing a private company to look after street lights and people would have to report faults themselves she says.
City of York Council says the decision will save money and improve the service. They add that an in-house streetlight maintenance service will generate additional income for the Council and provide an improved service for residents and businesses. City of York Council says it will create greater flexibility in prioritising budgets and responding to call-outs, while contributing to budget savings without affecting the level of service.
Cllr David Levene the Ward Member for Heslington and Cabinet Member for Environmental Services says "An additional decision was made that instead of scouts driving round the city at night, costing significant sums on fuel and antisocial hours payments, if there's a noticeable fault with a streetlight then it can be easily reported by residents using the free phone number found on every streetlight.
"Encouraging greater resident involvement in delivering services as part of the Smarter York programme is a sensible, positive move that will help make the savings required by massive cuts made by Liberal Democrats in Government. Liberal Democrats locally have a terrible record on street lighting, with years of chronic under-investment requiring this Labour administration to undertake a comprehensive replacement programme in the interests of public safety.
"The Decision Session was carried out in accordance with guidance issued by their own Government".
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