Kirkby woman stages sitdown protest against street light plan

Julie Vardy makes a one women protest to stop  a lampost being put outside her home in Kirkby today Pictured eating her breakfast during the protest

Julie Vardy makes a one women protest to stop a lampost being put outside her home in Kirkby today Pictured eating her breakfast during the protest

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MOTORISTS and passers-by could have been forgiven for doing a double take as Kirkby woman Julie Vardy tucked into her breakfast on the pavement outside her Kirkby home on Monday.

But this was no craze 53-year-old Julie was starting - but instead a sitdown protest against plans to erect a street light.

Julie, of Diamond Avenue, took to the street on Monday morning in an act of defiance against an attempt to put in the new light - which she says would shine directly into her front bathroom.

She sat on the street for an hour and 40 minutes before the workmen who were installing the light had to leave because of her protest.

Julie also says she was left angry because she had not received any notification the lamp would be put in place.

She said: “I am the only one who has a bathroom at the front and I don’t want that light shining in my bathroom. It’s two feet away from my house and my garden is already lit up like a football pitch.”

And determined Julie says she would protest again if a fresh bid is made to put the light in place.

“I would be prepared to sit out again. I just wish I’d had more notice,” she says.

A Nottinghamshire County Council spokesman said: “As part of the associated highway works connected to the new Morrisons store in Kirkby and the regeneration of the area there have been some changes to streetlighting in the vicinity. We have not been made aware of any specific issues with regard to this. However, if the lady concerned would like to get in touch with us we will certainly investigate the matter and see what can be done.”