Residents unhappy with Cambridgeshire County Council over Walsoken street lights

Robert McLaren.

Robert McLaren. - Credit: Archant

THE location of streetlights have caused uproar on a Walsoken Road.

Residents are unhappy at where Cambridgeshire County Council intends to move street lights on Blackbear Lane, Walsoken.

Wisbech Town Councillor Robert McLaren said their views had been ignored.

He said: “I’ve been negotiating with Cambs County Council over the streetlights on Blackbear Lane because residents are unhappy about where they are placed.

“The changes we asked for have not been introduced. In one instance we have asked them to move a street light eight feet but instead they want to put it on the opposite side of the road directly in front of a resident’s landing window.

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“Why send letters out if they are not even going to come out of the office and have a look.

“They say how important it is to keep junctions lit but they are happy to leave residents without working street lights for three years.

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“They say they are approachable but this is not the case and the residents are furious.”

Cllr McLaren says experts from Balfour Beatty, who are carrying out the installations for Cambs County Council, sympathised with the residents’ cause.

He said: “Installers Balfour Beatty came out to a site meeting on Friday but Cambs County Council did not bother.

“They said the residents’ requests are reasonable and they could not understand why the council was asking them to do things differently.

“We wait for three years for lights to be dealt with and when they are they want to put them where they are not wanted.”

A Cambridgeshire County Council spokesman said: “We have been in discussion with local residents and Councillors and we have explained that the revised lighting is necessary to meet the required standards on roads such as this.

“We believe we have addressed the concerns expressed, but if there are any further issues we would be happy to talk have further discussions.”

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