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North Watford streetlight situation is 'crazy' say Politicians
Politicians have attacked the "crazy" situation in a north Watford road where hazard signs are illuminated all night but the dangerous bends are left cloaked in darkness by the streetlight switch-off.
Hertfordshire County Council has also come under fire for the fact the warning signs are lit up 24 hours a day, which local councillors say undermines its cuts-saving argument for turning out the street lamps.
The authority, which introduced a part-night lighting scheme in 2011, said it was looking into the inconsistency between the streetlights and sign lighting.
Mark Watkin, the Liberal Democrat county councillor for the Nascot and Park division, said he understood the times the hazard lights were lit were due to national guidelines.
He said: "Think it is crazy that there is a different policy from the Department of Transport and the county.
"They should have the light on for the sign and they should have the street lights on as well.
Ringway, the company contracted to maintain the roads system by Hertfordshire County Council, said it was aware of the inconsistency with the lights and was working to address it.
Matthew Kelley, Ringway divisional manager, said: "Historically, not all the lighting columns across the county were set-up to allow for the county council's county-wide part night lighting scheme, particularly on the few where there are additional signage wiring requirements on the lighting columns to ensure road traffic safety.
"We are working closely with Hertfordshire County Council to address this at the earliest opportunity."
Since 2011 the Conservative-controlled county council has turned the majority of the Hertfordshire’s streetlights off between midnight and 6am as part of a £1million-a-year cost-saving scheme.
The initiative has proved controversial with residents and more than 5,000 people have signed a petition to have the lights restored.
Steve Johnson, a Conservative Watford Borough councillor, said the fact the warning lights were on 24 hours a day while streetlights were turned off sent a confused message to residents.
He said: "This was bought to the attention of the county council last April. How do they expect residents to support turning lights off at midnight if county are prepared to leave other lights on 24 hours a day? If the part night lighting scheme has anything to do with a green agenda they should sort this problem out".