Street lighting will be kept on all night and gritting routes reinstated across Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire County Council gritters

Cambridgeshire County Council gritters - Credit: Archant

Street lighting is being reinstated through the night and gritting routes stepped up following a unanimous decision by councillors.

The cuts were originally made as part of the county council’s stark savings proposals.

Following concerns from residents across Cambridgeshire, county councillors agreed to reverse the decision.

In February streetlights were dimmed by up to 60 per cent and switched off between 2am and 6am.

At February’s Full Council this year it was agreed to reduce some of the routes and only grit them when there is a prolonged period of cold weather or snow.

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Following this week’s decision 44 per cent per cent of roads, cycle ways and paths will now be gritted rather than the reduced 30 percent currently being treated.

Cambridgeshire county councillor leader Steve Count said: “There was a good debate from all sides on reinstating these routes and unanimous cross party agreement on the motion.

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“We have listened to local concerns and due to savings we have made already can reinstate the routes. But we will have to look very hard at how we will fund this moving forward.”

The changes will be made as soon as possible, he said.

Members heard that a joint cross party committee would meet to look at the policy for gritting routes.

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