Residents want security lights
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