Transport NI Manager given first hand tour of lighting problem

Transport Ni’s Divisional Manager has been taken on a tour of areas affected by the controversial new street lighting pilot scheme.

Local elected representatives spearheaded by Member of Parliament David Simpson along with colleagues Sydney Anderson MLA and Councillor Carla Lockhart recently set about visiting many locations in Lurgan, Portadown and Banbridge and surrounding areas to see first-hand the desperate situation with street lighting.

As they toured towns and villages accompanied by the Divisional Manager and his team; it was very evident how the real concerns have arisen since the multi-million pound pilot scheme was implemented by the previous Minister earlier this year.

After the night spent visiting once brightly lit communities Mr Simpson said: “I have been inundated with complaints from constituents regarding the new scheme which was introduced with money saving measures in mind by the previous Minister of Regional Development.

“This is by no means an isolated concern having witnessed firsthand the virtual darkness that large estates and quiet cul-de-sacs alike are experiencing.

“I too share the concerns for those most vulnerable; an increase in criminal activity, antisocial behaviour and our general safety and well being.

“With all of these to the fore I have met with the newly appointed DRD Minister who I want to assure everyone is working closely with the project team to find a long term solution and quickly.

“Faced with considerable and relentless pressure put on local Manager of Transport NI by myself and colleagues they agreed to carry out extensive reviews of all areas affected.

“Their aim is to assess the location of lampposts; positioning of lights and the energy force which determines the brightness.

“I have requested that the Minister herself visit the constituency with street lighting being high on the agenda.

“I trust that this will take place early in the New Year.”