Pub­lic safety wor­ries af­ter city cen­tre lights go out

The Press and Journal (Inverness) - - NEWS -

al­low for the street to be pedes­tri­anised.

The lack of light­ing has led to con­cerns about pub­lic safety, par­tic­u­larly with thou­sands of new stu­dents flock­ing to the city cen­tre for fresh­ers events.

SNP coun­cil­lor Michael Hutchi­son said: “First of all, it is wor­ry­ing that a ma­jor street in our city cen­tre has been left with­out light­ing.

“It poses ques­tions about pub­lic safety and will cause more is­sues for hard­pressed lo­cal busi­nesses. I’ve asked for this to be looked into and I hope it will be dealt with promptly.

“With it be­ing on the coun­cil’s doorstep, it sends out com­pletely the wrong mes­sage about the city.

“When Labour first came to power they promised to fo­cus on the ba­sics rather what they called ‘van­ity projects’ – five years later we have Broad Street plunged into dark­ness while work on Marischal Square over­runs just yards away.”

A coun­cil spokesper­son said the street light­ing is­sue was be­ing treated as an emer­gency, and would be fixed “as soon as pos­si­ble”.

Labour coun­cil­lor Ross Grant said: “I think that Coun­cil­lor Hutchi­son should fo­cus more on rais­ing the is­sue with the coun­cil for his con­stituents rather than seek­ing to make po­lit­i­cal gain.

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