Motions calling for more of Cambridgeshire’s roads to be gritted and for street lights to be turned back on due for debate by county’s councillors

Councillor Paul Bullen,

Councillor Paul Bullen, - Credit: Archant

Councillor Paul Bullen, UKIP leader, is putting a motion asking colleagues to reverse a council decision made in February to switch off or dim street lights throughout the county as a cost cutting measure.

Councillor Lucy Nethsingha.

Councillor Lucy Nethsingha. - Credit: Archant

The motion, which will be discussed at Tuesday’s (13) full council meeting, states: “Given the large number of concerns from residents, and especially those working shifts or unsociable hours, the decision should be reversed and the lights in residential areas should be kept on during the hours of darkness.

“In order to make savings, street lighting in the rural roads outside villages, towns and cities in Cambridgeshire can be switched off in accordance with current policy” and any budget shortfall can be met from the council’s general reserves.”

At the same meeting Councillor Lucy Nethsingha will call for backing for her motion which wants to see roads currently cut from the county’s gritting scheme reinstated.

Her motion states: “This council believes the gritting proposed is not adequate for the safety of Cambridgeshire residents and will leave a considerable number of villages completely isolated in the event of severe ice or severe snowfall.”

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She wants as many of the gritting routes from last year’s plan reinstated as possible, using money from the reserves to fund any shortfall up to an additional £650,000.

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