Student wants street lighting reinstated amid fears for her safety

A petition which calls for authorities to reinstate overnight street lighting across the county has been sent to Lincolnshire County Council for consideration.

In 2016, the county council turned off more than half of Lincolnshire’s 68,000 street lights in a bid to save £1.7 million.

After the decision leaving people feeling unsafe at night, a petition was created and was signed by over 5,000 people.

Now the woman who set up the petition, Anna Kincaid, has sent the it to LCC as part of a formal letter asking them to reconsider their decision to switch off overnight lighting across the county.

The 21-year-old University of Lincoln student said: “The people of Lincolnshire have spoken, and they demand that they want the streetlights back on, so they feel safe.”

Anna noted a large surge in signatures on the petition following the disappearance and death of 33-year-old Sarah Everard from Clapham, London last month.

Previously speaking to Lincolnshire Live, Anna said: “When the lights are off, if you’re walking down a street you can’t see who’s there, if anyone is hiding in the shadows or what to look out for.

“I really hope that they [Lincolnshire County Council] begin to listen and understand that just because it doesn’t affect them, doesn’t mean that it’s not happening to us.”

Anna Kincaid, 21, hopes the petition will make the county council make a U-turn on its decision to turn of overnight street lighting
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Last month, LCC confirmed it will review the petition once it was submitted.

Assistant Director for Highways at Lincolnshire County Council, Karen Cassar, said: “I can completely understand why some residents, especially women, might feel concerned for their own safety after Sarah Everard’s tragic disappearance in London.

“I know many women – from Lincolnshire and around the country – who don’t feel safe alone after dark, even where there are streetlights, and also long before midnight which is when some in Lincolnshire are turned off.

“Unfortunately, the issue of women’s safety is about much more than streetlights.

“In 2018, two years after we made the switch to part-night lighting for some of our lights, the police confirmed they’d found no impact on night-time crime levels as a result of the change.

“They said then, and have said since, that if they ever did have any concerns, they’d let us know and of course we’d work with them to see how streetlighting could help.”

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Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Marc Jones, also previously said: “I would absolutely support a bid to government for additional funding for street lighting, if the community felt that was a priority.”

“My office has been already successful in bringing in £14 million of additional funding to prevent and tackle crime since I took office.

“I will always do everything possible, working in partnership with organisations across the county, to secure extra resources and money available to keep our communities safe but the criteria around this type of one-off funding can be restrictive.

“As soon as the specifics for the latest round of funding are unveiled we will be tireless, as always, in seeking and creating projects that can secure funding and continue the work we are doing to make our streets safe for everyone.”

LincolnshireLive – Lincoln News