Street lighting concerns addressed by council leader

Wirral Globe: Street lighting concerns addressed by council leader Street lighting concerns addressed by council leader

SOME street lighting will be returned to the North Wallasey Approach Road after Wirral Council’s leader listened to concerns raised by drivers.

The measure – brought in on several major roads – has been introduced as a means to cut costs but has sparked concern for road safety, with several motorists contacting the Globe saying they fear it will lead to accidents.

Wirral Council leader, councillor Phil Davies told the Globe he too had received letters from concerns drivers, leading to the decision of switching some of the lights back on, while other routes will also be reviewed.

He said: “I have decided, with savings having been made and having listened to concerns of road users, to restore some lighting to the North Wallasey Approach Road as it was clear that drivers were experiencing particular difficulties on this section of busy road.

“Taking account of the need to highlight junctions, we will move to an arrangement of alternate lights being switched on.

“This will ensure a balance between energy cost savings being made and the concerns of road users.

“I have asked officers to look further at opportunities to reduce lighting on other routes – without switching off all lights – to address the reduction in savings resulting from this review.”

Cllr Davies said the recent switch-off stems from results of last year’s “What Really Matters” public consultation, in which residents were invited to give their views on a raft of options to save money.

He added: “Furthermore, officers will review in partnership with the police the other roads where lights have been switched off to assess whether alternate lights off arrangements would be more suitable than complete switch off.

“Again, if we do that, we will look at introducing alternate lights to more roads, in consultation with the police, to ensure that our budget savings needs are achieved.”

Earlier this week, senior Wirral councillor Stuart Kelly hit out at the council’s plans to switch off more street lights on some of the borough’s busiest roads.

He branded the decision ‘horrendous’ and said it could put the public at serious risk.

The £85,000 savings that could be achieved by switching off certain street lights are part of a £22m cuts package forced on the local authority this year by the governing coalition.

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10:11am Wed 4 Dec 13

Inniebear says...

How about the streetlights that are broken and not being repaired. There's at least one for every street, here in Seacombe.

And yet, last week new light poles were installed at Seacombe Ferry. Right next to the old, still working, ones they were to replace. Joined up thinking, right there.
How about the streetlights that are broken and not being repaired. There's at least one for every street, here in Seacombe. And yet, last week new light poles were installed at Seacombe Ferry. Right next to the old, still working, ones they were to replace. Joined up thinking, right there. Inniebear

12:42pm Wed 4 Dec 13

PaulCa says...

There's still no evidence of any formal consultation, in line with the duty of care the local authority has to road users.

Shouldn't the leader of the abusive council have consulted internally and externally by now, b e f o r e switching the lights off?

In Warwickshire, in late 2012, a student was killed 5 days after lights were switched off on a busy stretch of road. The coroner confirmed just days ago that lights being switched off was a contributory factor. Davies is not behaving reasonably, considering the safety implications, but has gotten away with it so far.

With the Wirral basket case, as anyone could have predicted, a death or serious injury, and the associated forseeable and avoidable haemorrhaging of lots of the folding stuff / hiked insurance premiums following a court case may be required to bring this council leader to his senses.
There's still no evidence of any formal consultation, in line with the duty of care the local authority has to road users. Shouldn't the leader of the abusive council have consulted internally and externally by now, b e f o r e switching the lights off? In Warwickshire, in late 2012, a student was killed 5 days after lights were switched off on a busy stretch of road. The coroner confirmed just days ago that lights being switched off was a contributory factor. Davies is not behaving reasonably, considering the safety implications, but has gotten away with it so far. With the Wirral basket case, as anyone could have predicted, a death or serious injury, and the associated forseeable and avoidable haemorrhaging of lots of the folding stuff / hiked insurance premiums following a court case may be required to bring this council leader to his senses. PaulCa

1:05pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Llamedos 1 says...

They are clutching at straws to comply with the laid down government constrictions. They really dont have a clue as to how to achieve the targets.
How about bringing in some high flying business men and women to advise.
Having said that the clowns are so arrogant they probably wouldnt even listen to Alan Sugar and Richard Branson.
They are clutching at straws to comply with the laid down government constrictions. They really dont have a clue as to how to achieve the targets. How about bringing in some high flying business men and women to advise. Having said that the clowns are so arrogant they probably wouldnt even listen to Alan Sugar and Richard Branson. Llamedos 1

3:31pm Wed 4 Dec 13

rover600 says...

It's all kind of laughable, several years ago a lamp post just appeared outside my house tight to my boundary wall almost level with our bedroom window. I called the council and asked why and how they could just put it up without consultation or planning permission, the response was to paraphrase 'because we can' I explained it wasn't needed but as they were replacing older lamp posts in our street this was being put in too!

Now here we are turning off lamps. Guess what? IF you consulted in the first place, actually listened you would not waste money on installing lamps not needed and then by definition would have nothing to turn off! It was recently quoted to me that to have a sign installed that highlights excess speeds to approaching motorists the cost for one sign is in the region of £9,000 - these are ineffective, I pass several daily across the Northwest and the reality is the majority ignore them but whether solar powered or not the cost is wasting money. Stop cluttering pavements with unnecessary street lights and stupid sodding signs!
Were I ever a councillor the first question I would ask myself every time would be "IF this was my own personal money, would I spend it"? If the answer is anything but a resounding yes then do not do it
It's all kind of laughable, several years ago a lamp post just appeared outside my house tight to my boundary wall almost level with our bedroom window. I called the council and asked why and how they could just put it up without consultation or planning permission, the response was to paraphrase 'because we can' I explained it wasn't needed but as they were replacing older lamp posts in our street this was being put in too! Now here we are turning off lamps. Guess what? IF you consulted in the first place, actually listened you would not waste money on installing lamps not needed and then by definition would have nothing to turn off! It was recently quoted to me that to have a sign installed that highlights excess speeds to approaching motorists the cost for one sign is in the region of £9,000 - these are ineffective, I pass several daily across the Northwest and the reality is the majority ignore them but whether solar powered or not the cost is wasting money. Stop cluttering pavements with unnecessary street lights and stupid sodding signs! Were I ever a councillor the first question I would ask myself every time would be "IF this was my own personal money, would I spend it"? If the answer is anything but a resounding yes then do not do it rover600

4:04pm Wed 4 Dec 13

WirralAl says...

Is this clown actually serious.

He is blaming the public for their choice to turn off so many street lights.

Try walking along the prom in Egremont at 6.30 talk about creating a dangerous place that will help criminals and make sure that tourists do not visit Wallasey or New Brighton.

They want you to use your car less but try walking or cycling on the dock road at 5.00 pm as it puts you in a whole new level of danger.

As always he points the finger of blame and then try's to take credit for saying he will change some of the lights yippie. Surely he must act and stop this stupid and senseless darkness.
Is this clown actually serious. He is blaming the public for their choice to turn off so many street lights. Try walking along the prom in Egremont at 6.30 talk about creating a dangerous place that will help criminals and make sure that tourists do not visit Wallasey or New Brighton. They want you to use your car less but try walking or cycling on the dock road at 5.00 pm as it puts you in a whole new level of danger. As always he points the finger of blame and then try's to take credit for saying he will change some of the lights yippie. Surely he must act and stop this stupid and senseless darkness. WirralAl

6:14pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Arris1 says...

What is leadership? To lead by example some might say. So why show some leadership and turn off the street lights in the 66 roads that are home to our esteemed Councillors. I am sure that would save more than £85,000 and be a lot safer than turning off lights on major roads.
What is leadership? To lead by example some might say. So why show some leadership and turn off the street lights in the 66 roads that are home to our esteemed Councillors. I am sure that would save more than £85,000 and be a lot safer than turning off lights on major roads. Arris1

1:01am Thu 5 Dec 13

Jimrob says...

"The £85,000 savings that could be achieved by switching off certain street lights are part of a £22m cuts package forced on the local authority this year by the governing coalition."

I'm sorry Phil, I'm having a lot of trouble trying to square this saving against the reported £850,000 cost of a new staircase for the Chief Executive of Wirral Borough Council so he can have a back entrance to HIS office.
"The £85,000 savings that could be achieved by switching off certain street lights are part of a £22m cuts package forced on the local authority this year by the governing coalition." I'm sorry Phil, I'm having a lot of trouble trying to square this saving against the reported £850,000 cost of a new staircase for the Chief Executive of Wirral Borough Council so he can have a back entrance to HIS office. Jimrob

10:48am Thu 5 Dec 13

davepeddie says...

W0W a glimmer of common sense from the Council? Yes indeedy, the lights have gone back on along the North Wallasey Approach Road. Illumination!
W0W a glimmer of common sense from the Council? Yes indeedy, the lights have gone back on along the North Wallasey Approach Road. Illumination! davepeddie

4:09pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Thepleb says...

One idea from a selection of the 66 is too pass on the controlling of the street lights to merseyside police;
Oscar Oscar any patrols available for grade 1 job possible murder;
Sorry control where all tied up column number 57 streetlight is on the blink again;
Brainstorming at its finest.
One idea from a selection of the 66 is too pass on the controlling of the street lights to merseyside police; Oscar Oscar any patrols available for grade 1 job possible murder; Sorry control where all tied up column number 57 streetlight is on the blink again; Brainstorming at its finest. Thepleb

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