Politicians set the record straight on street lighting

Gravesham MP Adam Holloway and Kent County Councillor Bryan Sweetland have spoken out in support of the Safe and Sensible Street Lighting project - which Gravesham Council is campaigning against.

Adam Holloway MP said: “This is a campaign being run by the local labour party dressed up as the council – and KCC have been very clear that where there is increased crime or anti-social behaviour the lights will be switched back on.

“For my part I would much prefer it if KCC did not burn our money when we are fast asleep.”

Councillor Bryan Sweetland said: “Councillor Burden was first briefed by KCC about the Street light switch off in March 2012 then again in March 2013 and again in early 2014.

“He had plenty of time to comment on the switch off and make any concerns known. KCC heard nothing from him for over two years on this issue. Even his well oiled press office was not instructed to inform ‘confused’ residents until now, a few months before an election. 

To reduce energy costs, carbon emissions and light pollution, Kent County Council are switching off 2,500 surplus street lights on a trial basis for a year and are also converting 70,000 street lights to part-night operation, so they turn off between around midnight and 5:30am (1am and 6:30am during British Summer Time). These changes will reduce annual energy costs by about £1 million and carbon emissions by 5,000 tonnes.