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I am being totally mugged by the authorities

By Spalding Today Letters

Street lights (4832125)
Street lights (4832125)

In response to your front page report ‘Let There Be Light, but only if you pay for it’.

I read with interest that the county council will be willing to reverse a decision they made in 2016 regarding turning street lighting off in areas of South Holland.

I am pleased there has been a positive response on your Facebook page with most people wanting our streets safely illuminated during the hours of darkness, especially the elderly and those people who work or commute during those early hours.

Looking at my tax and national insurance contributions over recent years I have been paying between £78 and £104 for utilities and street lighting.

So with the most recent payment of £78 this means that I am being totally mugged by the authorities because I have paid for street lighting that has actually been turned off.

Also, part of my council tax contribution goes towards housing, utilities and, yes, street lighting. So I am paying for a service twice over that I do not receive but pay in full for less ?

We appear to be going back to the dark ages here with council tax being increased for services that are being reduced.

What also surprises me, the council spent money on upgrading the street lighting in many areas of South Holland and The Deepings with energy saving devices, yet still deemed it necessary to turn the lighting off. How obscene is that?

I do live in an area where the lighting had been switched off last winter and I would expect lighting to be provided when money has been taken off me.

If not, then give me a refund along with all the rest of the council tax payers within the community.

Finally, I will keep it as simply as this: Could the county council please tell me why I have to pay twice for a service I do not receive ?

Rodney Sadd



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