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Missing street lights

Reported in the Street lighting category anonymously at 08:33, Wed 9 October 2019

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council 2 minutes later

There are no street lights at the top half of Dyers Hill in Charlbury, I walked from the station last night and have never felt so unsafe. This is the main pedestrian route from the station and it should be properly lit. There are also no street lights on the left side of Playing Close going towards Crawborough, plus there is an entire section of Crawborough which has no street lights. This makes Charlbury unsafe after dark, particularly for single women.

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  • Unfortunately Oxfordshire County Council does not have a budget available at this time to install additional lighting as our street lighting budget is used for the energy, cost and maintenance of our existing street lights.

    However if the Parish Council were prepared to fund the initial installation /servicing costs and pay a commuted sum (this is an upfront sum to cover future maintenance costs) we would be prepared to take on future energy and maintenance costs for that lighting as long as it is installed on the public highway and to our specification and there are suitable LV services to connect a light onto.

    In rural areas new lighting will only be provided in consultation with the local councils. A test will be whether it is necessary (for road safety or security reasons), affordable and sustainable

    It may also be worth contacting Thames Valley Police to see if they would be prepared to fund the initial installation and servicing costs if this area is known as an accident ‘hotspot’ or if it is an anti-social behaviour area.

    Please accept our apologies that we cannot assist any further at this time.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 08:41, Wed 9 October 2019

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