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Action grows to get Oswestry street lights back on

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Hundreds of people from Oswestryhave signed a petition calling for a town's street lights to be switched back on throughout the night.

Shropshire Council made changes to Oswestry's lights in April as part of a county-wide programme called "part night lighting", which sees lights turned off between midnight and 5.30am to cut energy bills.

The council plans to switch about 12,500 of the county's 18,500 street lights to part night lighting by next year.

About 7,000 street lights have already been converted.

But in Oswestry protesters are demanding that the lights are put back on throughout the night.

A petition that has been set up by the Relight Oswestry campaign has now collected almost 600 signatures.

Campaigners say part night lighting is putting people in danger, with people walking home in the dark after nights out in pubs and clubs.

Councillors have said they haven't seen any increase in crime since the switch over began in the north of the county .

Jordan Bradbury, 18, who set up the Relight Oswestry campaign, said the town's mayor, Councillor John Gareth Jones, supported the campaign when it was discussed at a recent town council meeting.

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"Although the mayor was quite supportive I was told they wouldn't be putting the lights back on," Miss Bradbury said.

"Now I'm asking people to write to the town council because that's the only way it will be put back on the agenda."

Miss Bradbury said she could understand the need to save energy and money, but felt that completely turning the lights off could create dangerous situations.

"I'm writing to the mayor today about this because he needs to know how many people are saying they're a bit upset about the decision," she said.

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"We've got a Facebook page as well now and people are still not happy – but they really need to write to the council about it as well as signing the petition and commenting on the Facebook page."

Shropshire Council has said that the lights at dangerous road junctions, sheltered housing schemes or areas considered to be at a high risk of anti-social behaviour will not be considered for part-night lighting.

Lights in the south Shropshire and Shrewsbury areas have already been converted, with north Shropshire and Bridgnorth set to follow by the end of April.

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