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Sutton Bridge councillor calls for better funding for Lincolnshire in street light debate

Villagers fighting to have their street lights switched on have been told to direct their complaints to the Government.

Members of Sutton Bridge Parish Council had made calls for the lights to be turned on in parts of the village.

But Coun Chris Brewis, who sits on both the parish and Lincolnshire County Councils, said the county were forced to switch off the lights after having its funding cut by the Government.

Chris Brewis (8877045)
Chris Brewis (8877045)

Currently, the county council switches off lights between midnight and 6am, which was hoped to save £2.5million.

Speaking at the last parish council meeting on Tuesday last week, Coun Brewis said: “Ultimately the county had to find the saving. The complaint lies with the current Government I am afraid as they are the ones that have withdrawn the money.

“If you look at city authorities they get £400 more per head than the people of Lincolnshire. They save the city of London but don’t care about rural Britain.”

Vice-chairman Anne Scarlett had raised concerns at a previous meeting about the lighting in the village, including The Nightingales estate.

l Concerns were raised about anti-social behaviour in part of the village.

Coun Ray Perkins fears that someone is going to be injured by the riders of a trial bike.

He added: “They are shaking the street lights and making them fuse.”

l Coun Michael Booth thanked all the key workers who are keeping services running, including shopworkers. He also thanked the clerk Robert Smith for supporting litter picking.

He also raised concerns about hare coursers.

Coun Booth said: “During lockdown they are coming virtually every day.”

l Council chairman Simon Booth held a minute’s silence in memory of a council worker who had died.

l Coun Perkins also told the meeting that he had secured a sleigh and called on the council to start organising activities ready for next year’sfestive season.

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