Dan Peters 22 May 2014

PM distances himself from streetlight switch off

PM distances himself from streetlight switch off image

Prime minister David Cameron has insisted councils switching off streetlights has nothing to do with him despite admitting the policy is failing in some areas.

On a visit to Harlow in Essex, where the county council has turned off scores of streetlights overnight, Mr Cameron said the issue ‘should be determined locally’.

He told the Harlow Star newspaper: ‘I think that this issue about street lighting, obviously, is a vital, important local one but it is one that should be determined locally.

‘I don’t think the prime minister should intervene and say this street lighting policy is the right one or this street lighting policy is the wrong one.

‘Different parts of the country are trying different approaches, the evidence is still building, and I could point you to parts of the country where changes have been made and it’s working and other places where maybe it isn’t working so well so it should be for local determination.

‘Crime is down under this Government.’

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