Grid Road lights victory raises city wide questions

 

Cllrs Mick Legg and Nigel Long are delighted that the Council has agreed to switch on two grid road lights by the dangerous Trafalgar Avenue/A421 junction. However the small victory raises bigger issues.

Officers from Milton Keynes Council wrote:

“ Just to confirm two lights, one on each carriageway, have been turned back on this morning to improve night time visibility on H8 at this junction.”. (14.01.12)

Cllr Mick Legg said, “This is the right decision. We believe that the Council needs to re-visit the decision to turn grid lights off and make sure all junctions and other roads across the city  are safe, especially in the half light and darkness.” 

Cllr Nigel Long believes that the Council may still be turning some grid road lights off across the city. He believes lights were turned off on the H8 between the Watling Street roundabout  and the Shenley Road roundabout in late November or December and he has been told of lights being turned back on.

Cllr Long said, “I am told that lights were turned back on along the V7 between Fishermead and Oldbrook. This may have followed a serious accident.”

 

Cllr Long has written to MKC Chief Executive, David Hill, to seek clarification of how many grid roads lights have been switched off and turned on in the last year.

Cllr Long concluded, “I am clear that some lights have been turned back on, and believe some may have been turned off. I want to know the numbers and the criteria used to turn them on and off. I want to know if actions are triggered by accidents or by further secret budget cuts.”