Plea for street lights to be turned back on

12-145 No lights in Ninian Road, Hemel Hempstead.'Michael Sturman with dog Louie.   Also in the photograph is another annoyed neighbour Jan Fletcher.
12-145 No lights in Ninian Road, Hemel Hempstead.'Michael Sturman with dog Louie. Also in the photograph is another annoyed neighbour Jan Fletcher.

A DOG owner is calling for street lights to be switched back on after he fell over while walking his four-legged friend.

Michael Sturman says all of the lighting has been turned off in the Grovehill cul-de-sac where he has lived for 29 years under money saving council cutbacks.

“There is not one light on. I would understand if they turned every other one off,” said Michael, of Ninian Road.

“It is just asking for trouble. They should leave some street lights on in a close.”

Herts County Council is switching 80 per cent of its lights to part-night lighting, which means they are turned off between midnight and 6am.

The 59-year-old, who uses a walking stick, was taking labrador Louie out to stretch his legs at around 12.30am on Sunday, February 19, when he took a tumble.

Council spokesman Alice Newbon said: “The scheme is constantly under review and as a result of additional information being provided to us about particular areas, about 80 street lights which were converted to part-night lighting have been switched back and now remain on all night.

“A full review of the scheme will be carried out in the summer of 2013.”