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FENITON: Lights coming back on for flood-risk Feniton streets

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Streetlights in Feniton are to be switched back on late at night to ensure residents are able to respond to overnight flooding incidents.
The lights in the village are currently switched off at midnight before being turned on again at around 5am, but residents have long argued that it is impossible to cope with flood-related problems late at night without street lighting.
And after they expressed their concerns to Claire Wright, Devon County Councillor for the Ottery St Mary Rural Ward, highways bosses have finally agreed to turn the lights back on along Feniton’s most at-risk roads.
Councillor Wright said: “I wrote to Head of Highways David Whitton asking for at-risk streets to be allowed to return to all night-time lighting until the flood defence scheme is in place.
“I am pleased to report that Mr Whitton readily agreed to this and highways staff are now consulting with Feniton Parish Council over which streets this will apply to.”
The village has been hit hard by the stormy weather in recent months and residents have been forced out of their homes to clear up flood damage on a number of occasions.
Residents have also been fighting a campaign against mass housing development, which, they say, would make the village even more vulnerable to flooding.
Feniton Parish Council has put together a list of roads which it believes should be lit overnight, and once an agreement has been reached, streetlights will be switched on again in April.
Martyn Smith, Chairman of Feniton Parish Council, said the situation was “a matter of life and death” for many residents.
He said: “We have asked the question in the past but Devon County Council has always said it would not be possible. But it is great news that they have seen sense at last.
“Most of the serious flooding has taken place in the dark and there is nothing more frightening in that situation than not being able to see what is going on.
“We do not want to see electricity wasted for no good reason but this seemed such a small thing for the county council to do. From our point of view it is a matter of life and death.”

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