Matt Warman, MP for Boston and Skegness, has led cross-party calls for Lincolnshire County Council to reconsider their decision on street lighting in the Woad Farm area of Boston.
Following a public meeting in the area in early April, Matt, along with Cllr Paul Gleeson, Cllr Martin Griggs and Cllr Sue Ransome, wrote to Cllr Richard Davies and Richard Wills of Lincolnshire County Council calling for a reconsideration of the decision to partially light the streets.
While supporting the Council’s policy overall, the letter explains that switching off the lights between midnight and dawn has made residents in Woad Farm feel more vulnerable, especially when going to and from work. It has also caused practical difficulties for people seeing where they are going when walking or cycling.
Matt said, “I support the County Council’s policy to save money and help protect the environment, but it is clear that there is a case in Woad Farm for keeping some lights on for longer. The Council has already committed to looking at specific areas where there is a need for lighting to be on longer to suit local conditions, so I am keen to work with them and residents to reach a practical solution for the neighbourhood. This is about making residents feel secure, so I am pleased that there is cross-party consensus that a revision of the policy in Woad Farm is the sensible thing to do. I anticipate the County Council will take the same common sense approach here as it has in other parts of my constituency”