Worries of crime increase following Rainworth light switch off

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A COUNCILLOR is worried thieves will thrive if plans to turn off street lighting in Rainworth go ahead and is appealing for villagers to object.

Under the Nottinghamshire County Council scheme, lights on many residential streets would go out between midnight and 5.30am and be switched off on Mansfield Road heading out of the village completely.

Parish councillor Mark Buttery said the scheme was going too far, too fast. “A lot of Rainworth will be in total blackness for five hours,” he said. “It is crazy. People are going to suffer the consequences – there is the potential for break-ins.”

To have a say write to Coun Buttery at Rainworth Village Hall, Kirklington Road, Rainworth, NG21OJY or visit www.my-parishcouncil.org.uk before 10th May.

Coun Richard Jackson, county council cabinet member for transport and highways, said he had looked ‘very carefully’ at other authorities and they have said collisions and crime don’t increase.

“In any case, we will continue to light crime and accident black spots,” he said.