The implementation of a scheme to switch-off most of Bradley Stoke’s street lights for five hours a night has resumed following a one week suspension after South Gloucestershire Council experienced a surge in complaints
The big switch-off started in early April after members of Bradley Stoke Town Council voted for the scheme to be implemented following a public consultation in which 54% of respondents expressed unqualified support.
A Journal reader reported on 10th April that the lights in Stean Bridge Road had started switching off at around 1:10am and it is believed that around one-third of the town, working up from the south, has now been converted.
However, last night’s meeting of the Town Council’s Finance Committee was told that numerous residents had phoned SGC’s Streetcare department to complain about the new lighting regime, only to be told: “it’s nothing to do with us, you need to contact your Town Council”.
In fact, the switch-off scheme is an SGC initiative and the Town Council’s only involvement was to organise a public consultation on the proposals.
Although 36 of the 153 consultation respondents made constructive suggestions for changes to the original plans, these were all ignored, without analysis or comment, by the Town Council.
The only change made by SGC after the consultation ended has been the addition of two extra streets, where traffic calming measures had been overlooked, to the exclusion list.
Staff on the Streetcare hotline have now been told to explain to callers that the scheme is an SGC initiative aimed at reducing carbon emissions and cutting electricty bills.
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