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Right to Light – Gravesham Labour Party Ask KCC to Turn Our Streetlights Back On.

Since January 2014, the Conservative-led Kent County Council has turned off 70,000 (60%) of Kent’s streetlights, either partially or altogether, in a cost-cutting exercise across the county.

Local resident Tina Brooker has decided that she has had enough of the dark streets, and after lots of complaints from her neighbours and community, has taken matters into her own hands.
“Too many residents, street lighting is a necessity, not a luxury” Tina says, “I have started this petition to Kent County Council because I want to see this changed, and our streets lit again. I approached the Labour Party to help me with this campaign, as I know it was something they have been against since it first started happening in our communities”.

An AA study shows that driving outside of daylight hours is more dangerous – only a quarter of all travel by car drivers is between the hours of 7pm and 8am, yet this period accounts for 40% of fatal and serious injuries.

Gravesham Labour Party have joined Tina’s campaign to collect signatures to a petition at Kent County Council to trigger a debate so local people can have their say on their right to light, and get our streetlights turned back on.

Tan Dhesi, Gravesham’s Labour Parliamentary Candidate has said:
“When I found out what was happening in Gravesham, I was appalled, and knew something had to be done to stand up to Kent County Council and the Conservative Councillors playing with people’s lives.  I know that local people going about their daily lives rely on basic safety measures such as street lighting. I will campaign for local people and their right to light against the complete black out of our communities”.

Gordon Cowan, Kent’s Labour Group Leader has said:
“Kent Labour County Councillors have been against this measure since it was first debated last year. Now people’s lives are truly being negatively affected by the switch off. Everybody has a right to light regardless of where they live, and Kent County Council need to sincerely reconsider this action.”


If you would like to join this campaign please contact Gravesham Labour Party on: 01474 534395.

You can sign the petition here: http://tinyurl.com/righttolight

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commented 2014-10-13 13:07:54 +0100
I was in support of the campaign until recently but if you have read/completed the Cost Cutting Consultation Survey on KCC’s website you will understand that there is not enough money to go round all the services. Disabled Children’s Services and Adult Social Care budgets have already been cut having direct daily impact on extremely vulnerable people living in Kent. Because these vulnerable groups cannot stand up for themselves and their carers are struggling with everyday life.. maybe the Labour Party should stand up for the most vulnerable in our Society, yes Street lights and Potholes are important, but protect services for those who cannot fight for themselves first…
@graveshamlabour tweeted this page. 2014-09-09 17:05:40 +0100

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