Residents on a Grantham estate plead for street lights to be turned on

Anti-social behaviour is rife in this area of Sunningdale, Grantham.
Anti-social behaviour is rife in this area of Sunningdale, Grantham.
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A group of residents on a Grantham estate are calling for street lights to remain on for longer at night as they believe the darkness is encouraging anti-social behaviour.

Neighbours living on the Sunningdale estate say their lives are being blighted by anti-social behaviour including having their homes and vehicles damaged, bikes stolen, rubbish and doorsteps being set alight and verbal abuse.

Yet street lights are still turned off between midnight and 6am.

One neighbour, who asked not to be named, has lived on the estate for over 20 years. She said: “It has always been a lovely, peaceful estate to live on. It has only really been this year that all the incidents have started happening. It has got much worse over the last six weeks. There are two groups. One group is made up of younger kids. They play chicken in the road, throw stones and shout abuse at people. The second group are older and cause the more serious trouble. It goes on all night, every night. We have had enough.”

Another neighbour, who also asked to remain anonymous, said: “Since the clocks went back, the street lights go off earlier and we are plunged into total darkness by 10.30pm.”

Determined to tackle the behaviour, residents are helping the police to arrange a residents’ meeting.

Inspector Gary Stewart, of Grantham community policing, said: “We appreciate all feedback we get from residents, and we work hard to ease their concerns by treating all forms of anti-social behaviour. Any behaviour that amounts to serious danger or damage to life or property will be dealt with by arrests and charges. Extra patrols have been carried out and a number of young people and parents have been spoken to.”

Executive member for highways at Lincolnshire County Council Richard Davies said: “The street lights have sensors that monitor the number of daylight hours, which is how they set their internal clock. During the autumn, the part-night lights enter a period of adjustment, when their timings may vary as they adapt to the switch to GMT. They should be back to normal in the near future.” Neighbours living on the Sunningdale estate say their lives are being blighted by anti-social behaviour including having their homes and vehicles damaged, bikes stolen, rubbish and doorsteps being set alight and verbal abuse.

Yet street lights are still turned off between midnight and 6am.

One neighbour, who asked not to be named, has lived on the estate for over 20 years. She said: “It has always been a lovely, peaceful estate to live on. It has only really been this year that all the incidents have started happening. It has got much worse over the last six weeks. There are two groups. One group is made up of younger kids. They play chicken in the road, throw stones and shout abuse at people. The second group are older and cause the more serious trouble. It goes on all night, every night. We have had enough.”

Another neighbour, who also asked to remain anonymous, said: “Since the clocks went back, the street lights go off earlier and we are plunged into total darkness by 10.30pm.”

Determined to tackle the behaviour, residents are helping the police to arrange a residents’ meeting.

Inspector Gary Stewart, of Grantham community policing, said: “We appreciate all feedback we get from residents, and we work hard to ease their concerns by treating all forms of anti-social behaviour. Any behaviour that amounts to serious danger or damage to life or property will be dealt with by arrests and charges. Extra patrols have been carried out and a number of young people and parents have been spoken to.”

Executive member for highways at Lincolnshire County Council Richard Davies said: “The street lights have sensors that monitor the number of daylight hours, which is how they set their internal clock. During the autumn, the part-night lights enter a period of adjustment, when their timings may vary as they adapt to the switch to GMT. They should be back to normal in the near future.”