Labour councillors have slammed budget cut proposals to turn street lights off after 11pm in order to save £125,000 citing concerns over crime and safety.
Various options were presented to councillors at the public session of the Environment Working Group this evening including:
- total year round black out in residential roads,
- switching street lights off between 11pm and dawn, and
- switching street lights off between 1am and dawn.
Proposals to stop locking 26 Barnet parks at night were also presented with residents from the Friends of Childs Hill Park rejecting the idea that groups like theirs would take over responsibility for this.
Labour councillors at the working group meeting opposed all the options and called for them to be dropped from proposals taken forward to the full Environment Committee, but the Conservative councillors present refused to stop the plan in its tracks.
The street light switch-off plan and park locking plan will now go forward as budget cut proposals to the Environment Committee meeting on 18 November.
Labour’s Environment Spokesperson Cllr Alan Schneiderman said: “This street light black-out plan is total madness. People will start to feel really unsafe and live in fear of our streets and parks becoming a muggers’ paradise.
“The police and emergency services haven’t even been consulted on this yet, and I can’t see them supporting the council’s plan.
"I don't know why the Tories don't just drop these proposals now.”
- Details of the street light proposals are below:
For further details please contact:
Labour's Environment Spokesperson, Cllr Alan Schneiderman
07956 487 144
To contact the Barnet Labour Group: 020 8359 2568