The bright spark at county hail who thought it would be a good idea to plunge our streets into darkness at night was clearly more concerned about savings than safety. The move led to claims of thieves being able to operate in the shadows and women feeling vulnerable walking home in the dark. Not surprisingly, it caused uproar with council taxpayers increasingly concerned about what their hard-earned cash was actually being spent on — if not the basics? But it seems new technology has come to the rescue and we are being promised the lights will come back on. Kent County Council is preparing to spend £40 million converting its street lighting across the county to LEDs. They say the cost of the new technology has fallen significantly in recent years, making it a viable investment with the benefits of cheaper electricity bills and lower emissions. It sounds like a win-win situation, but some people living in rural areas, where arguably the street lighting is even more important, fear they will be left at the end of the queue, waiting years before they get the new lighting. But overall this lightbulb moment has to be a very welcome development.
Herne Bay Gazette, February 5th 2015