Shining example of how to cut crime
SOUTH Ribble is under the spotlight thanks to a £50,000 cash boost to improve street lighting in five areas across the borough.
The South Ribble Community Safety Partnership has secured the cash from Lancashire County Council to upgrade areas where the lighting is poor in a bid to deter crime and antisocial behaviour.
The areas that have been short listed to benefit are Queensway and East Streetin Leyland, Birch Avenue and Howick Moor Lanein Penwortham and Dob Lanein Little Hoole. These areas are all close to local amenities, shops and play areas which mean they are frequently used after dark.
Improvements will include replacing old lampposts, more frequent spacing of lampposts and upgrading existing lanterns to brighter light. Residents in the affected areas will be informed in advance of when the work is to be carried out over the forthcoming financial year.
Councillor Jim Breakell, cabinet member with responsibility for streetscene, said,
"This is great news for people who live in the areas that have been nominated for improved street lighting. It is well known that increased lighting reduces crime and the fear of crime and the Community Safety Partnership team has performed brilliantly to secure this amount of funding. Their work in partnership with Lancashire County Council representatives, local residents and the emergency services has really paid off."
The County Council's street lighting scheme has been running for several years and relies on feedback from residents, who can propose areas in need of lighting improvements.
If you would like to suggest an area for the improved lighting scheme then please call the Community Safety Partnership on 01772 625337 or email the Community Safety Partnership by clicking here
Last updated: 12 February 2008
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