Willaston and Rope Ward Councillor Brian Silvester is backing the call by Willaston Parish Council to have the street lights turned back on that were switched off in the village and for proper consultation about the proposal to take place.
He said, " It is simply unacceptable for the Council to switch off street lights on a major route into the village, like Newcastle Road, without any consultation whatsoever with the residents of Willaston and the Parish Council. Before some street lights were switched off in Wilmslow proper consultaion took place but Willaston residents are not given the same consideration and are being treated as second class citizens. The Council are continually consulting on new and updated strategies that nobody is interested in but when it comes to important decisions, like switching street lights off, they steamroller ahead and the first residents in Willaston know about it is when they have to walk back to the village at night in the pitched dark. Blacked out streets are less safe and more vulnerable to crime and residents have a right to express their views about this before the decision is implemented.
In their press release (below) the Council stated that, ' The Authority has written to all town and parish councils to inform them on how the changes could affect their area.' This is just not correct. I had to dig to find out how the new policy would effect the village and then I informed the Parish Council."
Cllr Brian Silvester
Willaston and Rope Ward Councillor
Tel/fax 01270 567757