Turn up the lights, say res­i­dents

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First it was just two streets in Mi­ra­mar and Lyall Bay, now 60 streets in Tawa have brighter street lights.

Welling­ton City Coun­cil’s Trans­port In­fra­struc­ture team con­firmed the street lights have been bumped-up from 50 per cent bright­ness to 100 per cent.

A Tawa Neigh­bourly post on the sub­urb’s light­ing drew 115 com­ments - the bulk com­plain­ing they were dim, which spurred res­i­dents to send com­plaints to the coun­cil.

Cr Mal­colm Spar­row said there was a to­tal of 145 streets in Tawa and he wouldn’t be sur­prised if the coun­cil re­ceived a list of 100 streets.

‘‘Wher­ever you go 50 per cent bright­ness seems to be pretty pa­thetic.’’

As streets have been re­ported across the board of Welling­ton, he sug­gested the coun­cil dial the whole city up.

‘‘I’m no pro­fes­sional, [but] it would be sen­si­ble to turn them up some­what even if it was to 70/80 per cent and if you do get some com­plaints about it be­ing too bright you can turn them down,’’ he said.

He ex­pected there would be fewer com­plaints over brighter light than dim light.

Trans­port In­fra­struc­ture team leader Kevin Turner said they wouldn’t be bright­en­ing the en­tire city but would deal with com­plaints as they came in, as light­ing was suf­fi­cient in many cases.

‘‘Where res­i­dents re­port that the lights seem too dim, we are re­spond­ing to that by bright­en­ing the lights and we’ll con­tinue to do that,’’ he said.

Where Tawa res­i­dents had raised is­sues with light­ing, the ma­jor­ity of those have been bright­ened, he said. ‘‘There may be a hand­ful of lights that are still at 50 per cent bright­ness but we are look­ing to ad­dress them over the next few days,’’ he said.

Tawa resident Peter Hyde said he dis­agreed with the coun­cil’s ap­proach. ‘‘It shouldn’t re­ally be up to the res­i­dents to kind of whinge about it to get some­thing done.

‘‘Turn them all up, they’re vir­tu­ally noth­ing at the mo­ment it’s just not good. It’s a no brainer just turn them up a wee bit.’’

‘‘I don’t like the fact that our cars are out­side and peo­ple can in­ter­fere with them with­out be­ing seen. It’s kind of negat­ing the whole point of lights,’’ he said.

Tawa resident Ju­dith Sch­wass said she felt un­safe push­ing her wheelie bin out at night, and thought it was best to brighten all streets to avoid sim­i­lar is­sues.

‘‘I’ve started putting it [the bin] out a bit ear­lier ac­tu­ally and my neigh­bour is the same … since they’ve put the lights in there is some re­ally dark dark places,’’ she said.

Tawa resident Shirley Clover un­der­stood the con­cern but liked the lights. ‘‘It’s not as bright, but I don’t mind that be­cause our bed­room faces the front and my hus­band says he doesn’t feel the lights are in­trud­ing into the house too much.

‘‘The prob­lems in our street is the lights aren’t close enough ... there’s not enough poles,’’ she said.


The lights of Tawa. Res­i­dents have com­plained the LED street lights are too dim.

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