Castle Ward councillors, who spoke up for residents of Clare Street, are dismayed about the response they have got from Tory controlled Northamptonshire County Council.
Recently Cllrs Stone, Haque and Cali carried out a survey on residents in Clare Street and asked them what the issues that concern them are. Twenty six households out of twenty eight said that there was poor lighting in the area. The councillors knocked on every door in Clare Street.
Cllr Danielle Stone said:
“The vast majority of residents in Clare Street told us that the street lighting was poor. As a result residents didn’t feel safe and in the evening there were accidents such as walking into dog excrement and parents holding children falling over recycling bins. It’s awful.
The response from the County Council was shocking as well as disappointing. The County Council brushed off these legitimate concerns by simply saying that the lighting in Clare Street was meeting their own standard. Their standard as we all know is too low. It means nothing. We spoke to people, including a parent with a push chair, who have tripped over the recycling boxes due to poor visibility in the evening.
When it came to clearing up dog mess on the highway they just shifted the blame to the hapless Borough Council. The County Council have forgotten they are the highways authority. To help alleviate problems we asked for a loading bay to be put outside 95 Clare Street shop but they said they will consider this in due course. ”