Lights fight continues
Published on: 30 Jan 2014
A CAMPAIGN to keep South Gloucestershire’s street lights on is gaining momentum.
At the time Downend Voice went to print, a total of 1,665 had signed an e-petition calling on the council to keep street lights on during the evening.
If the petition gains 2,500 signatures, South Gloucestershire Council will be forced to debate this issue with councillors and residents.
The introduction of part-time lighting started in Mangotsfield in May, Emersons Green in June and most of Staple Hill and Downend in July.
The council says the scheme will save money and cut emissions.
The streets lights operate on a ‘solar clock’ system and should go off between 11.45pm and 12.15am but many have been going off as early as 10.30pm.
The council has blamed the problem on a batch of faulty sensors along with the lights adjusting to the end of British Summer Time.