Street Lighting Issue
A year ago, Hampshire County Council announced an intention to turn off street lights across much of the county in the early hours of the morning.
There was a public consultation and I posted about this on my Facebook Page and website, encouraging people to comment.
There were very few objections and a decision was made to switch off lights from 1am.
It does have the advantage of saving £millions in electricity bills and is one of the most effective energy saving ideas the authority has adopted, reducing carbon emissions.
In response to concerns I raised about possible increases in crime, I was told that there were no increases in both urban and rural areas where a switch off had been trialled.
Now that the switch off has reached Totton, some residents are raising the issue with me at the doorsteps.
I am supportive of the Hampshire wide policy, but if Totton residents want an opt out, or even a slightly later time the lights lights go off, I am happy to support that.
I think Totton is particularly vulnerable and worthy of arguing it is a special case.