Res­i­dents want se­cu­rity lights

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&World Update - By ASHA ME­HTA

RES­I­DENTS too fright­ened to walk through a small Peter­bor­ough park at night af­ter se­cu­rity lights stopped work­ing four months ago are de­mand­ing to know when re­pairs will be car­ried out.

The area, known as Vic­to­ria Gar­dens, is used as a short cut be­tween Alma Road and St Martins Street in Mill­field, Peter­bor­ough.

But since Fe­bru­ary, the park is shrouded in dark­ness once night falls be­cause the lamps – a main light and three smaller ones – pro­vid­ing the site with light cover have bro­ken.

Frus­trated res­i­dents say they have re­peat­edly con­tacted Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil urg­ing them to re­pair the lights.

El­derly peo­ple from the Pav­il­ions res­i­den­tial home, as well as young peo­ple and fam­i­lies liv­ing in the area, use the park to get to the Mill­field Med­i­cal Cen­tre in St Martins Street and other ameni­ties.

But with the area “pitch black” at night, peo­ple feel too in­tim­i­dated to ven­ture across it.

John Shear­man, a spokesper­son for res­i­dents, said not quickly re­pair­ing the lights ap­peared to show “the coun­cil’s lack of con­cern” for this area.

He said: “The coun­cil put a very tall light in the cen­tre which floods the whole area at night for se­cu­rity. But it has been out since Fe­bru­ary. I have re­ported it to the coun­cil sev­eral times. It is in­tim­i­dat­ing to walk through it at night. Peo­ple are scared to go across it.

“There is a lot of on-street drink­ing there and peo­ple are in­tim­i­dated by groups of peo­ple hang­ing around.”

Richard Mack­man (42) of Alma Road, said he could not be­lieve the lights had not been re­paired af­ter so many months.

He said: “It went out on Fe­bru­ary 2 and since then, I’ve writ­ten sev­eral letters and spo­ken to coun­cil of­fi­cers.

“When the lights are out, it is pitch black.

“I walk through it a cou­ple of times a week to get to the Hand and Heart pub.

“Walk­ing there is fine but walk­ing back at night, I hear all sorts of noises.

“There is bro­ken glass across the path and it’s just scary.”

He added: “The large dou­ble light worked bril­liantly for a year, as did the three perime­ter lights.

“When they are on, you don’t get delin­quency.

“At night, there is a lot of drink­ing and lit­ter and if peo­ple try and avoid the park, they do.

“Peo­ple used to sit in there and it was pleas­ant, but it’s be­come a no-go area. I pay my coun­cil tax, which is a lot of money, and I would have thought that goes to­wards fix­ing street light­ing.

“I can’t be­lieve it’s been out for four months.”

A spokes­woman for Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil said that in­ves­ti­ga­tions so far had shown there was a mains con­nec­tion prob­lem with the lights.

She said that of­fi­cials were work­ing to re­solve the prob­lems as quickly as they could.

On the coun­cil’s web­site, it states that nor­mal street light­ing re­pairs are at­tended to within 10 days of a re­port.

CON­CERN: Res­i­dents Richard Mack­man and Miki Mack­man are hop­ing lights will soon be re­paired in a park which is used as a short­cut at night

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