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Officials set to turn down Dunnington street light plea
8:18am Monday 6th August 2012 in News
COUNCILLORS look set to turn down pleas by dozens of residents for an extra street light to be placed in a snicket in Dunnington , near York.
A petition signed by 37 people called for the lamp in a ginnel at the southern end of Holly Tree Croft, which leads to a wide tarmac path which links Horsefield Lane with Kerver Lane.
The petition said the ginnel, which was about 30 metres long and used as short cut to the centre of the village, was very dark after dusk.
“It is frequently used by young people, the elderly, residents in wheelchairs and mothers with young children, both during daylight and after dark,” said the petition.
“We feel this zone would benefit from a street lamp, from the point of view of both convenience and safety.”
A report by City of York Council officers to an environmental services meeting tomorrow said that the installation of a 6m tall, 42-watt fluorescent light at mid-point in the snicket was an option.
But it said a street lighting engineer had explained that the path was narrow and a lamp would take half a metre out of the footway, potentially restricting the movement of wheelchairs and motorised scooters.
He had also said the close proximity of properties was likely to cause complaints about the light, and shrubbery and trees nearby would also block some light in the pathway.
The report said there was also currently no specific budget for additional street lights, and recommended leaving the snicket as it is.
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