Concerned Soham residents make appeal to town council: Please save our street lights

Soham Town Council Street Lights, Berrycroft,

Soham Town Council Street Lights, Berrycroft, - Credit: Archant

Residents from nine different streets in Soham have appealed to the town council to spare their lights from the upcoming mass turn-off.

As part of a county-wide initiative to upgrade lighting in Cambridgeshire, up to 30 lights in the town are set to be lost. The improvement work underway is being carried out by Balfour Beatty on behalf of the county council.

This has prompted Soham Town Council to ask residents who are worried about the impact their loss will have where they live to make their concerns known to them.

Residents from the following streets have made requests to save their lights: Brook Street, White Hart Lane, Clarks Drove, Berrycroft, Fordham Road, Gardeners Lane, Julius Martin lane, Kings Parade and Station Road.

Each light costs about £50 a year to run which is paid for by the town council out of its share of the Council Tax.

At their next meeting, on Monday, Soham Town Council will consider whether to keep the lights on in the town throughout the night.

To retain night lighting will cost the town council around £8,213 per year, which would be added to the council’s precept.