Warwick and Leamington MP, James Plaskitt, today welcomed two recent successes
in securing improved streetlighting in Leamington.
Following representations from a local residents group Mr Plaskitt contacted
Warwickshire County Council who have agreed to install three additional streetlighting
columns in Gordon Passage, which links Russell Terrace and Satchwell Place. Work will
commence this week.
Also this week Mr Plaskitt was pleased to learn that streetlighting would be installed
along the footpath connecting Prospect Road with Redland Recreation Ground. This follows
concerns raised in November 1997 by the local Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator that the
footpath was unsafe and being used by glue sniffers and for the sale of drugs. At the time
the County recognised the need but funds were unavailable. Now the money is there and this
work should be completed by the end of March.
These actions follow a successful plea prior to Christmas for improved lighting in
Cromer Road, Lillington. Mr Plaskitt fed through the concerns of a constituent in her
nineties and the County Council installed brighter bulbs in the existing columns.
Mr Plaskitt said
"Community and Personal Safety are key elements of the Governments Crime and
Disorder Act. Improved streetlighting helps restore peoples confidence to go out at
night and it also helps to deter crime. I am pleased that my representations in these
areas have been successful and I am sure that these improvements will help to improve the
quality of life of local residents.
"Over the next few weeks I am meeting with a number of Agencies involved in the
fight against crime. I have already met with the new Chief Constable last week and will be
discussing crime issues with both Victim Support and local Neighbourhood Watch organisers