Traffic calming in Middlehill Road will be lit at night
JANET Dover, Dorset county councillor for Colehill and Stapehill, has succeeded in her fight for traffic calming in Middlehill Road, Colehill to be lit when street lights are turned off from midnight to 5.30am.
Reductions in night-time lighting has also taken place in Corfe Mullen, West Moors, Ferndown and West Parley.
DCC had originally told Janet that the traffic calming would not remain lit as it did not have 'humps' only 'build –outs'.
Residents told Janet that they were very worried about this as the traffic calming chicanes can cause accidents in daylight and they were worried that these accidents would increase if the chicanes were unlit overnight. Crime was also a worry.
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Janet had a meeting with the new Police and Crime Commissioner, Martyn Underhill, during which she raised her concerns.
Mr Underhill said: "I can understand that the street lighting issue is a concern to some residents."
He added: "This isn't technically a policing issue but one that is the remit of the county council. In my role as PCC, this becomes my remit if it transpires that road safety or personal safety is compromised."
He said he has received letters from members of the public concerned that crime will increase in unlit areas. He has raised the matter with the county council's chief executive Debbie Ward.
Councillor Dover also had a meeting with the chief executive of the Dorset County Council Debbie Ward together with Miles Butler, the director of the dept at County Hall who is in charge of the street lights operation in Dorset.
Councillor Dover said: "This is a victory for common sense and I know that local residents will be delighted at this news. "
She added: "I particularly want to thank Martyn Underhill, for his help and support in this matter."
Mr Underhill has asked people who have views on street lighting to submit their comments to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.
People can contact Mr Underhill by email at email@example.com or by phone on 01202 223966. Letters should be sent to Martyn Underhill, Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset, Force Headquarters, Winfrith, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 8DZ.