MUG­GER’S PAR­ADISE

Wishaw Press - - IN THE DARK - Ross Thom­son

It’s a case of “no likey, no lighty” for fed- up res­i­dents in Wishaw.

An­gry lo­cals have hit out at new street lighting across the town claim­ing the new lights are sim­ply not bright enough.

And there are fears an up­surge in crime be­cause of it.

Wishaw char­ity king Les Hoey, right, is one of those an­gry about the lights.

Les, who lives in Colt­ness, said: “It’s al­most as if the coun­cil are de­lib­er­ately keep­ing the lights low.

“I’ll be amazed if there aren’t more mug­gings, cars be­ing scraped and other things be­cause of this. I put a post up on Facebook and was amazed at the re­sponse I got.

“I said to my wife I couldn’t be­lieve the num­ber of peo­ple who are un­happy about this.

“They’ll be peo­ple fright­ened to go out.

“The ones in Colt­ness are par­tic­u­larly bad.

“All my neigh­bours are say­ing the same thing. It’s pitch black.

“There was more lighting in the 70s and 80s than there is now.”

Colt­ness coun­cil­lor Louise Roarty con­firmed she had re­ceived sev­eral com­plaints from res­i­dents about the new lights.

“The lights have a higher life ex­pectancy with most last­ing up to five years,” said Coun­cil­lor Roarty.

“The main com­plaints I have had have come from el­derly peo­ple who don’t feel con­fi­dent go­ing out at night.

“They are fear­ful of hav­ing a trip or fall­ing be­cause they can’t see the foot­path.”

A coun­cil spokes­woman de­fended the new multi-mil­lion pound lights which are more en­ergy ef­f­i­cent and in­sisted they are here to stay.

She added: “The coun­cil is in­vest­ing £14 mil­lion over the next two years to re­place street lighting with en­ergy ef­fi­cient LED tech­nol­ogy.

“The ex­ist­ing 59,000 street lights across North La­nark­shire cost around £2.6mil­lion a year to op­er­ate, the coun­cil’s sin­gle high­est en­ergy cost.

“The new LED lighting works dif­fer­ently by fo­cus­ing the light on to the road or pave­ment di­rectly around the col­umn with less spread to the area around.

“This means they are more en­ergy ef­fi­cient, with re­duced en­ergy costs and car­bon emis­sions.”

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