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Part-night lighting system in Oswestry is 'dangerous'

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Residents have called for a north Shropshire town's street lights to be switched back on, claiming the current system of part-night lighting is dangerous.

Residents attended a meeting of Oswestry Town Council to show their support for the lights to go back on.

Councillors voted to go to part-night lighting in April, meaning lights in residential areas are turned off at midnight.

The move was made in line with other towns around the county under advice from Shropshire Council.

But residents have claimed the darker streets are now more dangerous, handing in a petition of hundreds of names calling for a reversal of that decision.

Town mayor Councillor John Gareth Jones admitted he was among those residents who would like to see the lights turned back on. He said: "I voted for the lights to go off initially. In retrospect if we had the facts about what LED lighting would have done, I think the saving could have been made then.

"We do need to look at it again because there are dangerous places in Oswestry. I've had no end of complaints."

Councillor Amanda Woof said she had also received a stream of complaints from residents. "It's not just girls walking home at night, it's men walking the dog when they finish work at 11pm," she said.

The meeting heard there had been problems with the part-night lighting, with some lights going off too early and others not working. But Councillor Vince Hunt said the change had in fact led to a reduction in crime.

The town council agreed to look at options to restore lighting in residential areas at night, having a one on, one off system, or changing the time that the lights go off.

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