The decision by Surrey earlier this year to turn off the streetlights in most roads from midnight till 5 a.m. in order to save money has been controversial, and Warlingham Parish Council has been lobbied by Warlingham residents concerned that this has resulted in increased crime and vandalism, heightened the fear of crime and made driving more hazardous in the affected roads due to reduced visibility.
The Council has now written to Council Leader David Hodge supporting the residents’ concerns and asking that the lights be turned back on, especially in view of the relatively minor savings being achieved. It has also suggested that if the County won't do this it considers extending lighting until 1 a.m. due to the numbers of people still about between midnight and 1, and keeping some lights on in each road so that roads aren't pitched into total darkness.
It had been suggested that parish councils would be able to pay for the lights in their parishes to be kept on, but Surrey has now written to advise this is not practical and only districts/ boroughs will be able to do this.
Article posted 14 July 2017