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Gravesham council launches campaign to get lights switched back on

PUBLISHED: 10:17 02 December 2014

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The council wants it to be clear that the decision to switch off was taken by Kent County Council

Gravesham council has launched a Facebook campaign to try to end the public’s confusion over who is responsible for turning off street lights.

The campaign, entitled simply “Kent County Council turned out the lights”, aims to get people to sign the Right to Light petition on the KCC website. It follows a debate and motion at Gravesham Borough Council’s full council meeting in September.

Following the debate there has been a deluge of complaints, mainly on social media sites, about the streetlights being turned off and there has been widespread confusion as to which council is responsible.

Council leader, John Burden, said: “The public is confused and we think it should be made abundantly clear that this decision was taken by Kent County Council at County Hall. This council opposes the switch off and we want to encourage people to use the e-petition on the Kent website to voice their opposition.

“It is unfair that so many people believe it our responsibility and we are entitled to make our views clear and that is why we have launched the social media campaign. Clearly the confusion about which council does what is not in the public interest and we just want to redress that balance.”

At its last meeting, Gravesham council passed a motion in support of the views of local residents in Gravesham, that KCC should reverse their decision for part night lighting and street lighting removal and that they should reinstate the streetlights in Gravesham overnight where they have been, or are proposed shortly to be removed. It was carried by 24 votes with 17 abstentions. The debate was as a result of an e-petition to the council.

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