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.”